While dealing with stress, anxiety, and everything that comes along with the two, I wanted to share something that I have been debating for a while now: if self-care is real or if companies made it up to make some money.
This year, it is my goal to become more aware of myself, as a reader and as a person, and I have set out to try self-care. Initially, I believed that it was a strange marketing ploy set up by companies so that consumers could justify the big buys that they have been wanting. Like an impromptu pedicure or bookstore shopping spree. Neither of these examples are true needs, but I have been known to do them then after the purchase, justify it by exclaiming “SELF-CARE!”
After doing some research, I quickly learned that this is NOT what self-care really is. So it might be some type of marketing ploy that companies are holding on to, but that is not where the roots of the seemingly new self-care “movement” lay.
Self-care is any activity that is done deliberately to take care of one’s mental, emotional, and physical health. If done regularly, it is said to reduce anxiety and improve one’s mood. I also believe that it helps to combat the symptoms of depression.
One thing to remember is that self-care is not selfish. It is considering our own individual mental, emotional, and physical needs while knowing what to do in order to care for ourselves properly.
A few things to remember when beginning your own self-care journey is to stick to the basics by finding your own rhythm and routine, begin to actively plan self-care for when it works for you, and to keep a conscious mind of what and why you are practicing self-care.
After learning these things, self-care became a no brainer for me. Little acts that I should have already worked into my life but hadn’t. So for the past two months, here are some easy self-care practices that anyone can incorporate into their lives!
- look for more opportunities to laugh
- spend time with those you love
- get enough sleep
- practice meditation
- create a “no” list
- do something to relax (like taking a bubble bath)
I have created a little printable of self-care habits so that you can stick it to your bathroom mirror, fridge, somewhere where you will see it and be reminded.
It’s hard to remember these simple things that keep us sane and feeling human. After you see it written down somewhere, it feels impossible to have forgotten the basics. It’s simple and can make a positive change in your life. So, instead of expending an obscene amount of money for your happiness of the buy to fade away only days later, try these simple self-care practices.
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