By MEGAN QUEVEDO
So the late, frustrated, sleep-deprived nights of googling for stress reducers has led you to the new Instafad: self-care. Now you might be like me and be kind of confused by what self-care actually is. When I think self-care, I think of baby pink smoothies at 7 am, face masks with all your gorgeous model friends, and laying on a therapist’s couch talking about how you accidentally “booked your Dubai trip on the same weekend as your Paris trip!”. Okay, yeah, maybe that’s a little much, but the point is that most people’s idea of what self-care is does not apply to most people’s real daily lives. I mean, if your biggest problem is that you double booked yourself for two amazing trips on the same weekend… what’s your secret?! Alright, alright… maybe some people are just luckier than others. Orrrrrr perhaps they practice good, healthy, realistic self-care.
Some examples of self-care are:
- Take a warm bath! Add bubbles and light some candles! Read a good book while you’re at it, although maybe don’t read on your phone. I don’t think even rice could fix that one.
- Play your favorite music and have a one-person dance party! You’ll lift your mood AND get some exercise in! #killtwobirdswithonestone
- Clean your room and move your furniture! I know, I know. “I came here to get good self-care tips, not to be nagged! You’re just like my mom!” However, cleaning your room can have beneficial results, such as reducing allergies, improving sleep, and making it easier to focus on things like school or hobbies!
- Sleep!!!! Lack of sleep is very hard on your body, leading to things like weight gain, high blood pressure, and just overall attitude. It’s super hard to be excited and prepared for your day when you’re yawning every ten seconds!
- Eat the right foods! Not only does eating the right foods keep you healthy, but it also provides your body with the fuel necessary to complete all the tasks you have in a day! Which as a high school student who never has time to eat breakfast, it was a strange thing to find out that not eating actually RAISES your blood sugar, which isn’t ideal. Obviously.
- Take care of your skin! Now I’m not saying drop a few thousand on some snail mucus facial or anything gross like that. However, some six dollar face wash can not only reduce acne but can also leave your skin looking more glowy and fresh! (I highly recommend Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash for any of my fellow acne sufferers. I promise it’s good for people with sensitive or dry skin! #ihaveeczema)
- Talk to yourself! I get it, you think you’ll sound crazy… and you might. As someone who is very weirdly proud of the fact that she talks to herself out loud every second of every day, talking to yourself is actually really helpful. It helps reduce stress, helps you remember the events of your day, and opens up your communication with yourself. It also makes the bad days seem less daunting when you rant to yourself because no one else has to hear what you say! So let your freak flag fly!
- It’s okay to take time for yourself! I often have to take breaks from social situations for hours, days, and even weeks at a time. I personally need that time to relax, refresh and remind myself of why I do things I do. Excluding yourself from a get-together with your friends or asking your parents if you can just read in your room for a little while is always okay, as long as you are doing it for the right reasons. Mental, emotional, and social breaks can often change your perspective on things that you would have reacted to differently had you not taken time to think them through. So if you don’t want to go to that big party this weekend, or hang out with your friends next Friday, don’t. Maybe use that time to catch up on a little self-care! #memyselfandi
I hope these self-care tips help life be a little less scary, and remember, if it helps you be a better person for yourself, it’s self-care in my book!