Caring for yourself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare —Audre Lorde
This week, the creative world lost two artists; their death, days apart, stopped me in my tracks. It was another reminder that life is way too short and everything can change in the matter of a second. Death, even when you don't know someone personally, is one of those life situations that makes you re-evaluate how you're living and what you can improve. For me, it's self-care. I've fallen off. I used to take it so seriously—meditating daily, keeping up with my gratitude journal, and the list goes on. But I got comfortable—maybe stuck—in my day-to-day that I put myself to the side. Raise your head in your guilty of this too because I know I'm not alone! But today, I made a commitment to myself that I'm getting back on track and putting self-care at the top of my list with these five practices.
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I. Make space for your passion
Aside from taking care of our physical selves, so many of us neglect the one thing we love the most; the thing that fuels us, our passion. I get it, you have a hectic life and schedule—we all do, but I encourage you to make space for the things you [truly] love. Give yourself an hour a week where you focus on what brings you joy and happiness. I give myself time daily—usually, one-to-three hours a day to work on my passion and goals; it's not easy, it's exhausting, but it's what keeps me going!
II. Take a break
The 'sleep when you're dead' mentality is so dangerous. If you're consistently working, whether you're passionate about your job or working on your passion projects, you must take a break. If you're not taking breaks, you're not taking proper care of yourself and will eventually sabotage your work and success. If you read my last blog post, you know Sunday is my day of rest; I do nothing other than prepare for the week ahead; this allows me time to recharge and get back on track. Since I'm still working a 9-to-5, this helps me avoid burnout and catch up on much-needed rest.
III. Take care of your skin
Okay, I admit it, I'm a skincare fanatic. I'm always looking for the newest skincare products, and it's one of my favorite ways to practice self-care. While I'm taking a break on Sunday, I'm giving myself a facial or trying out a new product. Yes, mental and physical health are most important, but I believe when you look good, you feel good, and that starts with taking care of your skin.
These are the products I'm loving right now:
Jade Face Roller
Jade face rollers have been around for centuries and known as the stone of beauty and eternal youth in Chinese culture. Rolling it across your skin moves stagnant Qi (energy) and toxins, stimulates blood circulation and increases the proportion of elastin and collagen in your skin. I love adding a light serum to my face and using this Daily Concepts roller (I put in the freezer for 30 minutes before using); it helps prep my skin for the next day, and if I have an early morning, I give it a pop in the freezer while I shower and use after my moisturizer.
Cranium Care Head Wash
I have a super dry scalp and having a semi-bald head doesn't help. Most shampoos dry my scalp out even more, but I've finally found the perfect shampoo for my head. Cranium care is designed for skin, so it doesn't dry your scalp like traditional shampoos; it uses three ingredients and is fragrance-free, so it also safe for my sensitive skin. I use it every two days, and it's kept my scalp clean without drying it out.
Organic Castor Oil
One thing I've been skeptical about trying is castor oil. I've heard many people talk about how it's helped hair growth in various areas, but when I saw real results from people who regrew their eyebrows, I had to give it a try. I've been cleaning up my eyebrows for years but after one bad experience, they haven't been the same. After applying oil nightly for two weeks, I'm finally starting to see some regrowth—it's a slow process, but I'm happy to see them filling back in.
IV. Write a gratitude list
If you're focusing on everything that's not going right, it's easy to lose sight of what is; that's why it's important to keep a gratitude list. Gratitude lists are easy reminders that we have so much in our daily lives to be thankful for, and when times get rough, it's a great way to pull it out and reread. I've kept a gratitude journal for some time and though I've fallen off from doing it daily, I'm getting back into the habit of writing down five things I'm thankful for; it's helping me refocus my energy.
V. Treat yourself
Everyone deserves a treat, especially if you're the type to always give to others and not yourself. If you haven't treated yourself to a [special] purchase or even your favorite food, I encourage you to give yourself a day where you indulge and treat-yo-self. I can admit; this is one area I'm not lacking in—I'm always treating myself to something!
I think one of the hardest things for people to accept when it comes to self-care is; it's not selfish to practice self-care. You owe it to yourself to put yourself first and remember; if you're not taking care of yourself, you're not [really] taking care of anyone else.
How do you practice self-care? Tell me in the comments or let's chat on IG! Continue to Live Your Life in Style and always Be Inspired.