Self care is something I never quite understood until we got engaged. It was just after the busiest end of 2015 I’d ever experienced work-wise and just generally. My mental health suffered and ever since I’ve really listen to what my body needs.
Self care is described by Reach Out as any activity that you do voluntarily which helps you maintain your physical, mental or emotional health. It can help you feel healthy, relaxed and ready to take on your work and responsibilities. It doesn’t what you do with your life self care is one of those important things we all need to work into our lives to ensure we are all okay.
If you read my recent The Weekly Notes where I spoke about a flare up of anxiety and feeling low you’ll know that the past few months have been rocky for me. In the happiest time of my life it’s also becoming a bit of a struggle too. I’m having to adapt and change my routines to ensure I’m incorporating self care into my life even more.
I’m slowly finding a balance.
Instead of feeling guilty for taking an afternoon off when I’m at home, a day meant to be for building my blog, I now see it as a positive. I work hard when I do work on this space and I work long hours so in order to sustain that without feeling like I’m going to lose my shit I now take it with no questions asked. I do things like read a book for leisure, go to the gym, take Simba for a walk and organise other areas of my life. There should never be a negative thought that comes across your mind when taking 1/2 hour, an afternoon, a day for a mental health day where you check in with yourself and breathe.
Now we’re living in a world where everything is so fast paced and we’re constantly expecting things 5 minutes ago. Isaac and I are so guilty of scrolling mindlessly on our phones in front of the TV at night. I now make a conscious effort to put the phone away on weekends so we can spend it together with no distractions.
I’m not perfect yet but it’s being aware of when you need it and what activities make your heart feel full.
How do you practice self care?
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