I Underestimated Self-Care

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This summer I took a break from almost everyone and everything and I started focusing all of my energy on myself. I was determined to regain the happiness that I had before all of the awful events of the 2017-2018 academic year. This past summer was the first summer that I truly took the summer “off”. I didn’t use my break from school to work a full time job, take a full load of online classes, or spend more time with my friends/family.

I took the summer to myself. I did things that I wanted to do and that were good for me. I made language goals and I met them, dedicated more time to blogging, I learned to do my hair and makeup and started tracking my hair growth. Seeing improvements in myself increased my confidence, which motivated me to improve even more. I even went and got a manicure and pedicure at one point. I never realized how important it is to stop and just take care of yourself sometimes.

I’m glad that I started thinking about it now. I think if I hadn’t realized this now, then I might have become one of those women who is worn out and lets herself go once she starts a family. However, I can begin the habit of taking just a few minutes (at a minimum) just for me, so that I never forget about myself ever again. I remembered that I only get 1 body and that I need to keep it in the best shape possible. I don’t want to be in my 30’s with hypertension and wrinkles (specifically from stress), or worse, disabled in some way as a result of how poorly I take care of myself.

Now, I try to take as much time to myself as I need. I sleep as much as I need, eat what I need (which has actually been less since I’ve taken up this mindset), and have alone time when I need. I keep up with my manicure and pedicure, and I do much better with my hair. I even plan trips and go out of town frequently. I am much less stressed out now and I feel better than ever about myself too. I’m not saying that every day is a good day though, but at least I know now how to prevent myself from breaking down the way that I did last year.

 

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