My Instagram feed is full of quotes that talk about self-care. I believe that it is so important, and the last year or so I have made it a priority.
Recently (literally yesterday) I made a comment that “self-care doesn’t look the same for everyone and that is okay. Don’t feel bad if self-care for you is taking a nap and for someone else, it’s running 5 miles. Self-care is all about doing what you need to do to feel and be your best.”
There a few things that I do to take care of myself and get in a good headspace and I wanted to share a few with you. Have you all noticed that I like to make out lists, yet? Here we go!
Every Monday night I have Zumba on my calendar. I leave feeling better than when I walked in and I have a blast the entire class. Dancing has always been a stress reliever for me and I think it always will be. If Zumba isn’t your thing, but you have a different workout you like, try and make time for it. All of the endorphins will make you feel better in no time. Remember those famous words from Elle Woods!
“Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.”
I don’t know if I liked naps as a kid, but I’ll tell ya what? I am down for a good nap all. the. time. as an adult. There is absolutely nothing wrong with taking a nap if you need one. During appropriate times of course. We live in such a go, go, go fast-paced world and at times our bodies are screaming for a little rest and relaxation. A good couch nap is where it’s at folks.
Reading & Writing
I love reading! I always have thanks to my mom introducing books to me at an early age. We would take trips to the library when I was younger and I was allowed to pick out books to read that were of interest to me. My love for reading has only grown as I’ve gotten older and I appreciate the stories brilliant authors tell. Some of my best self-care time is spent getting lost in a biography(my favorite) or fictional worlds. I also love writing as you all can tell from my blog. It relaxes me and allows me to express myself the best way I know how at times.
Staying True To My Introverted Self
I am 100% an introvert and I still think there are many misconceptions about what that means. No, I am not shy. I don’t dislike small talk(most times). I do however LOVE my alone time and need it in order to function. Introverts recharge by spending sometimes alone, while extroverts get their energy from other people. There is no right or wrong way to be just simply personality differences. I get overstimulated when I spend a lot of time with people and it drains me. It is important for me to realize that and take time to do nothing and be alone from time to time. Whether I’m watching Netflix, reading a book, cooking, etc. I just need to do it alone sometimes.
I don’t practice as much as I should which is awful mainly because I work at a yoga studio. I have access to classes all the time. However, when I do take a class it is life-changing. Especially when we get to Savasana because let’s be real that’s the best part of class haha. Yoga can be challenging for me because of my anxiety and constantly racing thoughts. On the flip side, the challenge really helps me to be intentional about being present.
Hopefully, my blogs don’t come off as preachy, but sincere and helpful. I hope you find your thing and try to make time for it you and your body deserve all the self-care in the world.