Self care includes any intentional actions you take to care for your physical, mental and emotional health. According to GoodTherapy.org, self-care can include activities such as getting a haircut or massage, taking a trip, or eating at one’s favorite restaurant, in addition to attending to one’s basic daily needs.
I recently wrote a post discussing scenarios that contribute to a woman being labeled a angry black woman. I wrote this piece as it relates to the self. How you, as a human being controls the emotions of daily scenarios and how it plays a role in your self care. At work, in the gym or walking down a busy New York street, all can create stresses and triggers anger that may demonstrate traits of this persona. What do you do to alter the emotions and stay focused on yourself opposed to what others do to you?
Speaking from experience, here are a few ideas that I have to center myself when I feel that I haven’t deposited enough into the care of me.
Take a walk.
Either early in the morning, watching the sun rise or in the evening as the sun sets, take the time to walk by yourself and calm the sounds of your thoughts until you are focused and centered back on the one thing you need to accomplish when you return back to work, school, home etc… During the workday, it can become very stressful. When it’s time for lunch, most people sit at their desks and watch the computer screen of the local news, shopping or paying bills. Turn off the pc, and take a walk if for only ten minutes to rest your eyes and mind on the computer screen. When you return, you’ll find your decision to take that quick walk helped to contribute to your self care deposit.
Going to the gym or taking a dance class
I’m not one to get on a machine and sweat out my thoughts however, I’ve heard that the action of going to a gym or some sort of exercise class, allows you to take the time to concentrate on something else besides the norm. Boxing, although an aggressive sport, not only tones the upper and lower muscles, but allows you to punch a bag instead of a person.
Take a trip.
When was the last time you packed a bag and booked a trip to your nearest city or farthest country? The act of going away for a few days is a great cultural, financial and emotional act of self care. If you go solo or with family and friends, visiting a new place offers you the opportunity to see and experience new surroundings away from the stressors of home.
Meet new people. Dating.
We recently hosted a Twitter Chat,
where we discussed Would you Date Yourself? The personality traits that make you, would you desire those same traits in someone else? We asked questions such as ‘It’s the end of your date, who pays the bill or do you split it?’ These questions all were centered around how you pick and continue dating. Finances.
Living payroll to payroll is common in this financial climate. However, when you have money in your pockets or know that you have money saved and gaining interest, don’t you feel good? Depositing even the smallest amount of your payroll into a savings account allows you to be financially safe and securing your wellbeing should something happen. Most of us live way beyond our means and justify the need to have these things in order to live a content life. If you challenge yourself to go without this particular thing that eats away at your finances, would you eventually miss it or realize it wasn’t that necessary after all?
I can continue to go on and on about investing into self care, but then this post would be a book and I wouldn’t get to the giveaway part. lol In the spirit of self care, relaxing and soothing your mind body and spirit, we are giving away a set of Lavender scented Epsom salts and foaming bath. I have always liked using Epsom salts in my bath, so when we received this product, I was more than excited. I even use the foaming bath with mini me and she enjoys the long lasting bubbles from the fragrant foaming liquid. I suggest after a long stressful day to enjoy a warm bath using the Dr. Teal’s brand of Epsom salts to relax your muscles and mind.
So how about you tell me, what do you do to find yourself with self care?
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