Self care is so very broad and can be different to every person. It all depends on your needs and how you need to take care of yourself. Sometimes it can be creating boundaries, taking a bath with a nice bath bomb, or even taking a minute to pour a glass of water rather than soda. Little and big moments all contribute to who you are and your personal health. Since I always preach to take care of yourselves I thought I’d share my self care process.
Weekly- About once or twice a week I go home after classes and feel way too overwhelmed. So, I have a little routine I do to calm me down and declutter my mind. I usually start by lighting all my candles. There’s something about a candle lit that makes me feel calm. Then I begin to clean my room, putting laundry away, and organizing. This takes 30 minutes at the most. After that I’ll go and take a shower and use moisturizers, lotions, and hair products so I feel soft and clean. Then I usually put a face mask on and get on my computer to write or do homework. It gets me ready for the next day and I feel refreshed. Anytime I am too stressed cleaning myself and my space always helps.
Monthly- Once in awhile I’ll take a bath and watch some Netflix. Get a nice bath bomb going, put some music on. I once even ate nachos while taking a bath, who knew tupperware could float? I don’t take them often because I don’t have time, but once in awhile isn’t so bad.
Mentally- So, I am starting to focus on my mental self care a little more. This means resting when I need to. Often I feel guilty when I take a break because there is always a to-do list. I usually ask my boyfriend to take a half hour to watch a Netflix episode so I can relax, but also spend time with him. Time with my boyfriend is never a waste! I also find quotes to help me relax because I always appreciate things telling me everything will be okay. Writing is also another way to calm my brain down and organize my thoughts.
Socially- Yes you need to take care of your social needs too! This means spending time with everyone you love. I will often try to leave little notes for my friends to let them know I love them. Library dates are always fun too. Anything that involves interaction with anyone usually helps eliminate the feeling of loneliness that often comes with anxiety and depression. Plus- I absolutely adore all of my friends.
There are so many different ways to take care of yourself and it’s important to find what works for you. It is easy to get caught up with taking care of others, especially if you feel like you need to always be doing that. Just remember you can’t pour from an empty cup. You must first take care of yourself so you can better take care of those around you. You are just as important and everyone around you wants you to be the best you can be. Try new things and figure out what helps you feel on top of your game. You can do amazing things!