I have been really into the self-care vibe lately. I am not even going to lie, my life has been a complete and utter mess so either I wanted it or not, I NEEDED self-care. I have decided that today I am going to be sharing with you some of the habits I have been developing lately and how they have helped me get my life “kind of” together, or at least improve it a bit. Maybe it can help you too so here they are:
- Start putting yourself and your interests first. This one may seem like a no brainer but if you are a bit like myself… it is harder than it appears to be. I am a very “all in” person as I like to call myself. I get very invested in my relationships (love life, family members or friendships, it doesn’t really matter), I like to give it my all, and I have this stupid habit of always putting everyone’s needs and wants before mine. Now, it may look like it is a good thing to do, but when you are constantly switching your needs and wants for someone else’s… it can get a bit too much and hard to handle. That is why I have been putting myself first, getting back to writing, reading, playing the piano.
- Digital Detox. Don’t get me wrong, I love everything social media related but sometimes I just need to disconnect every once in a while or if I am feeling a bit overwhelmed with everything going on in my life. I like to add it to this self-care list because it truly helps me relax and take time for myself. It is incredible all the things you can do when you are not looking at a screen 24/7, so it feels good to just ignore all social media every once in a while.
- Exercise. It helps me relieve stress and puts me in a better mood. Now that I am exercising more often than I used to, I realize how much it actually helps me and how good it is for my well being. If you were a gym hater like me, try to find exercises that motivate you and keep switching routines so you don’t get bored. I swear it helps so much.
- Write down three things that made you happy that day. It puts you in a positive and optimistic mood. Looking on the good things in life instead of focusing only in the negative ones can help you switch from having the worst mind set to a healthy one. On top of that, it is extremely easy to do and it truly helps.
- Alone time. Again, I do love me some social interaction but when I am going through some things, I like some time alone. it just helps me focus on how to deal with emotions and situations. If I distract myself constantly with social activities and interaction, knowing myself and how I act, it just keeps building up until I eventually explote. That is why some alone time it is needed, wanted and appreciate it.
- Journal. You have no idea how much it helps. If you ever feel like no one understands you, you have no one to talk to, or simply want to rant for a little while, journaling is the best thing for that. I have been doing it for years, and it really helps me with getting things out of my chest. not for the fact that I do not have friends, but because sometimes you just need to let some things go and don’t want to talk to people about it. Writing has always been my escape.
- Flowers. It may sound stupid I know, but I absolutely love flowers. Having gone through a rough patch lately, I decided to buy myself some flowers. I mean you can do it yourself, nothing wrong with that.