Happy Monday, friends! I hope you all had a relaxing weekend and are ready to crush this week! My weekend was….eh. All of my football teams took an L so my mood has been less than stellar since Saturday; the struggle is so real, but I suppose I’ll survive. Anyways, today I wanted to talk to you guys about something that’s incredibly important: Self-Care. It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life that we begin to neglect both our physical and mental health. We put our families, careers, friends, and other people’s feelings above our own and eventually find ourselves dealing with supreme exhaustion and overwhelming negative emotions. I’ll be honest, I never gave ANY thought to self-care when I was growing up, I just kept going and going and going until I eventually hit the wall at what felt like 900 MPH (I don’t recommend that, it wasn’t fun). I didn’t realize how important taking care of myself was until I had a massive panic attack in college (thanks for rescuing me, mom <3). I went to the doctor and was told that I needed to slow down and take better care of myself. Since that day I have tried to incorporate more self-care into my weekly routine, and while I don’t ALWAYS succeed, I sure do try.
Self-Care doesn’t look the same for every person and it doesn’t have to be something grand in nature. It can be as simple as reading a book, or putting on your favorite Christmas movie while you re-organize your living room. Whatever makes your soul happy and fills your cup is what you should be doing! For me, self-care involves a lot of pampering; bubble baths, face masks, mani/pedis, mac & cheese and a good romantic comedy always seem to do the trick. For those days when I feel like I need a little more interpersonal connection, mom and I will take a trip to our nearest ULTA or I will call my cousin and talk about NOTHING for hours…seriously, it helps! Life is hard; the days can be long and incredibly tough, and sometimes we just need to learn how to say NO! For once we need to stop and take care of ourselves before taking care of others. Trust me, your friends and family will understand, after all, don’t they want you to be the healthiest, most complete version of yourself that you can be? I pray that all of you are able to find the time to relax and unwind and always remember to show yourself the grace you deserve! Before I sign off, below I will be sharing some easy ways to practice self-care; pick out something you like and show yourself some love today!