Why Self Care Is So Crucial

Burn Out. That overwhelming feeling of lighting your candle at both ends. Being so incredibly busy, you couldn’t possibly have any time for anything else. A bubble bath? I don’t even have time to eat a proper lunch. Being the queen or king of multitasking & powering through a to do list that’s never ending. Feeling like your anxiety levels are through the roof & you don’t know if you can make it back down.

I wouldn’t say my anxiety is extreme. But I can say I’ve had moments where it takes over my mind & feel unaccomplished even though I’ve clearly been very productive. I’ve had moments where I’m at the store & get myself so flustered all because my mind won’t shut off. In these times of stress, I’ve learned the importance of shutting off & making time for myself. When I properly do this, I come back with more tenacity & willpower to take on my daily tasks.

As I’m writing this, I’ve been taking a self care week. I’m caught up with posts & was needing a bit of R&R. So, I put on my comfiest clothing, sat on my couch & binged watched Netflix for like 2 days (highly recommend the show: Rachet). I did write a few posts for the following month (ie. Blogmas) but I did it in a relaxed manner, balanced with a lot of me time. I decluttered some & cleaned the house & even read a book. Sometimes you need to recharge for the new season so you can come back even more productive than before. Here are 5 Self Care Tasks To Make You More Successful in the Future:

Take a Bubble Bath or a Long Shower:

I don’t know if it’s the change in temperature, but I always crave an occasional bubble bath after a long day. I find pampering yourself is a great way to regroup & switch your mindset. When I feel clean, I feel more productive. Otherwise, I’d stay in this sleepy state. Have you ever been so sick you can’t get out of bed? Did you ever try to take a hot shower & dry your hair? I found when I did this, regardless of how shitty I felt, I’d feel so much better. I think it’s a mental shift. When you take the time to shower & get ready for the day, your brain senses productivity & togetherness. It’s a win win situation.

Step Away from Social Media:

I’ve discussed the importance of social media detoxes & digital declutters in previous posts & find these topics hold true with self care. When I step away from these platforms or simply put my phone down & do something else, my mind feels more at ease. Especially someone who uses these platforms for the blog, stepping away is crucial for my wellbeing. I can’t neglect other parts of my life like my relationship & friendships. There needs to be a healthy balance.

Put on a Face Mask:

I don’t know why, but when I apply face masks, I feel so luxurious. Especially since we have to wear face masks on the daily now, it’s important to cleanse your skin even more. I found I break out more because of wearing face coverings. I now take my skincare routine seriously & also wash my cloth masks regularly.

Get a Mani Pedi:

I’m so low maintence when it comes to my nails. The thought of making an appointment & sitting down for an hour & getting them done is not fun for me. But when I do decide to get them done, I always feel like I can take over the world after. You can always try it out at home, but I don’t have the skill or patience for that. As someone who is trying to grow her nails out though, it does make me feel pretty.

Meditate:

Along with my workout routine, I love incorporating meditation & deep breathing. It calms me down in ways I can’t explain. I understand it may not be for everyone, but I find this practice to be a big part of my slow living routine . When I’m not busy & feeling particularly stressed out, I will sit on the floor or even lay in bed & listen to soft sounds or ASMR. Now, I know whispering videos are a taboo thing. You either hate or love it. As someone who has struggled with insomnia, I swear by these videos.

Here’s one of my favorite channels:

https://www.youtube.com/user/GentleWhispering

But sometimes all it takes is sitting in a room in silence & focusing on my breathing for a new minutes. It’s a way to tap into your emotions & return to a more calm state.

I hope these few suggestions are of help to you in your self care practices. What you do like to do during “Me Time”?

27 thoughts on “Why Self Care Is So Crucial

  1. This very timely since I’ve been not feeling myself lately but I managed to get by. Anw, to those who will be able to read this and to the amazing blogger of this post: I hope you’re all taking care of yourselves πŸ˜ŠπŸ’• You got this, okay?

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  2. I take a hot shower when I am overwhelmingly upset πŸ˜€ Meditation is something I would need to learn, not sure how to find a time slot for that.
    I am not mani-pedi person because I am a nurse and I keep my nails short and unpolished (pedi would be nice though) but that mask thing… Oh my Gosh, it has been like going back to my teenage years with the skin. The hospital masks really irritate 😦 Thanks for the reminder, I have to start pamper my face somehow better, I just wish someone could do it for me πŸ˜€

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    1. I’ve learned to really love meditation. Yes I couldn’t believe how bad I broke out with the masks. You have it worse since you have to wear them for longer hours. I’d like to say thank you for all you are doing as a nurse during these tough times. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

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  3. I love all the things you mentioned! I’m so glad you have an entire week of self care for yourself. My boyfriend has the whole week off work too so I’ve given him a few ideas to try to do to relax πŸ’›

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