A REMINDER TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
Today is Valentine’s Day, and while most people probably are posting about gift guides and date ideas, I wanted to remind everyone to take care of themselves in the name of self love.
I have not always been good at taking care of myself. I dress weather-appropriately in order to not catch a cold, and I am aware when crossing the street. But when it comes to drinking enough water and exercising to stay healthy, or taking some “me-time” in order to recharge my energy, I cannot say I am the best at it.
I started taking better care of myself a few years ago when I realized that the way I neglected myself would lead to several episodes of burnout and overall bad mental health. I began doing small stuff to take better care of myself and tried to observe if any of this would help my stressed state of mind.
Here are some of the reminders I kept for myself
1. Stay hydrated
I am always the first to remind my friends to remember to drink water, and about how crucial it is that our body stays hydrated enough. On the other hand, I am constantly being reminded of this by my sister, who is way better at drinking enough water than me.
2. Read a book / Watch a movie / Listen to music
Sometimes, taking the time to just read a book, watch a movie, or just lay there and stare into a wall while the sound of your favourite song is playing in the background is enough to make us feel better. Getting lost in a good book or reading the words of my favourite poet has always been some of my preferred form of enjoying some alone time.
3. Meet friends
Some people like to stay home and recharge in their own space. Some like to go out and meet their favourite humans and recharge that way. I am a mix of both.
4. Hit the gym
Now, I am no advocate for this, but I have been told more than a handful of time how going to the gym is good for your body and soul. There must be some truth to it, right?
5. Stick to a good skincare routine
One of the simplest form of self care; a good pampering routine. I make sure to never skip my night-time skincare routine, although it happens from time to time due to my extreme laziness. However, taking the time to take care of your skin is one of the easiest thing you can do as an act of self care. If you wear makeup, it is important to remove all the products and clean your skin properly at the end of the day. Not doing this would lead to unnecessary skin problems in the future.
Your older self will thank you later. Trust me.
I hope you had a wonderful day with your loved ones.
Happy Valentine’s Day!