The Importance of Self-Care
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The Importance of Self-Care

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We all have those crazy, rough days, so it’s understandable that it can be overwhelming and can take a toll on your body. Plus, balancing work, relationships, and health is just added stress. There are times where you just need to step away from the chaos and have some time to yourself.

Self-care is anything that helps maintain your physical, mental, and emotional health. It’s important for us to set aside time for ourselves to recharge and take care of our mental well-being. If we don’t, then we’ll just burn out.

There are endless ways to practice self-care. If you don’t know how or where to start, here are a few things you can try to unwind the mind, body, and soul:

The Importance of Self-Care

Mind

Paint

This happens to be my personal favorite. It’s so therapeutic for me whenever I feel stressed or want to let out my creative ideas. And for those who say, “But I suck at painting.” Umm, honey said who?

The good thing about painting is that you don’t have to learn how to paint like Van Gogh to know how to paint. Plus there is no right or wrong way to do it. It’s all about letting your creative juices flow and enjoying the process along the way.

DIY

Pinterest is where it’s at when it comes to DIYs. There is chalk full of ideas on anything for any creative mind who like hands-on crafts.

Turn off your phone

This one is tough. We are consumed by our phones on the daily. It’s basically like an extra limb attached to our bodies. You’re probably reading this on your phone right now lol.

There’s nothing wrong with social media but it can become highly addicting and we’d end up wasting so much time on it, it can drain us mentally. Turn your phone off for a couple of hours and watch how much happier and stress-free you’ll be.

Body

Take a walk

Walks are beneficial to the mind and body. It helps release the tension we hold in our bodies, declutter the mind, and reduce stress while also getting that bit of exercise in. So hitting two birds with one stone.

Another added bonus: getting your dose of Vitamin D, according to studies has been proven to increase serotonin, which controls your mood, THUS making you happier. Ok, I’m nerding out lol onto the next!

Do a face mask

This is another one of my personal favorites. I’ve recently learned the importance of having a good skin care routine down and it has become a ritual for me day and night. I don’t know how I managed to survive college without moisturizing lol.

Use face masks or sheet masks that best suits your skin’s need, sit back and relax for 20 minutes. Try this once a week, your skin will thank you.

My tried and true β†’ GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment, $24

Take a warm bath

Drop in a nice bath bomb or some lavender essential oils into your bath to unwind after a long day. I’m more of a shower person but I hear baths make you into a brand new person. It changes you.

Try Lush; they’re known for their amazing-smelling bath bombs. I went there recently for the first time. It’s magical.

Declutter

A cluttered space = a cluttered mind. Try getting rid of things you no longer use or rearrange furniture for a new look. Avoid thinking negative thoughts and focus on decluttering to benefit you and your lifestyle.

Soul

Write in a journal

Journaling can be a way to express your thoughts and feelings. Try writing things that you are grateful for and things you can improve on. It’s also nice to look back at stuff you wrote about and how far you’ve grown.

Find a quiet place

I like being to myself a lot of times and being in a place where I can be with my thoughts and enjoy the moment, is very relaxing. Take an hour or so to yourself or sit outside and take in the fresh air while you read a book or listen to your favorite music.

Treat yoself

Every once in a while, it’s ok to splurge on something you had your eye on for a while.Β  If it’s a little getaway trip, save up some money and go out with a group of friends. Have a good time. Let loose.

Again, there so endless ways to practice self-care, so find something that you enjoy doing that helps you relax and rejuvenate. But remember to always make some time every week to have to yourself.

What other self-care ideas do you guys recommend? Let me know. πŸ™‚

If you like it, please make sure to share it on Facebook and Pinterest.

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Until next time, peace Fam. ✌🏽

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71 thoughts on “The Importance of Self-Care”

  1. Love love love this list so much. If I don’t take a breather every now and then and indulge in me time, I go completely nuts. The body (and mind!!) need time to recharge. I had a getaway this weekendβ€”it wasn’t far but it was what I needed, too. Love all of your suggestions; especially journaling, decluttering (which I’m trying to do more of!!), and hot baths πŸ™‚

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  2. I work at home and it is easy to extend my hours long into the night. I have to purposely set aside time in the middle of the day for a much needed break. Lately that is in the form of a hot bath. It rejuvenates me so that I can keep going.

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  3. I love this list. So often I see self-care conflated with self-indulgence in ways that aren’t really helpful — things that might provide a short-term endorphin boost, but just make things more difficult in the long run — but this list is great.

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  4. I am trying very hard to make sure I have times throughout the day where I either turn off my phone or put it in another room so I’m not tempted to check it. Such a nice break to have from social media and messages once in awhile!

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  5. Its so important to be mindful of yourself which can be easily forgotten. Your article hits on many great points and something for everyone. Thanks!

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  6. I completely agree with all of these! Turning off your phones being the most important yet the most difficult of them all πŸ˜‰ I think we all struggle with that one a little bit πŸ˜‰ but it feels so damn good when you actually go completely offline!!

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  7. Seems like everywhere you look there are books and teachings about self-care. I admire the movement and have always set aside a little me time, although I never called it “self-care,” per se. Thank you for sharing these tips. I’ll add some of them to my existing regime.

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  8. Happy to say that in an effort to take better care of myself, I’ve been picking up a few of these habits lately. It’s always nice to hear from someone else that I’m not crazy for taking these little things so seriously.

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  9. Fab post – I am a strong believer in treating yo-self! Also, the last few weekends when I’m about the house and need to get things done I’ve turned my phone off and it felt amazing to not have that thing glued to my hand and distracting me. I also love a good bubble bath (maybe a little too much) but it’s important to have those little moments.

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  10. Self-care is so important! I don’t paint but I find sketching or photography relaxing in the same way.

    The other day, I did a jigsaw puzzle (haven’t done one for YEARS!) and it was amazing how relaxing it was to switch my mind off from everything else and just focus on that.

    My other favourite is walks in fresh air. πŸ™‚

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  11. Great List! The other day I was feeling blue and decided to put a mask on my face. I cannot explain how that 10 minutes of self care inspired the rest of my week!

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  12. This is such a helpful post! Everyone has those rough days, some more than others, and it’s always important to remember self-care. Even if you’re having a good day it’s important to take care of your self just to keep you happy and your well being up. I will be keeping this list of things in mind for sure for when I need it! Thank you for this.

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  13. Thank you for this post! Self-care is SOOOO important! Especially now-a-days, when the spirit of “hustle” makes us feel almost guilty for taking breaks! I love that you mentioned painting. I’m an artist/art teacher and have a few students that have mentioned how art really helps with their stress levels!

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