On the Subject of Self-Care
“Pour Yourself a Drink, Put on Some Lipstick and Pull Yourself Together.”
Now, more than ever, it’s essential to stay informed of what’s happening in the world but, let’s be honest, how often do you find yourself “doom scrolling?” More than is healthy, I’m sure! Sometimes it’s essential to turn off the news and our phones and take a deep breath. This is critically important when it comes to self-care. Not only is self-care good for our own overall health but for those around us as well.
So, how can we remain aware while also taking a break, however brief, from the 24-hour news cycle? Here are a few ideas:
- Take a long hot soak in the tub: There’s nothing better than a luxurious bath. Hydrotherapy has been proven to calm one’s nerves, so don’t hesitate to lie in the bathtub until your fingers start to prune! When preparing your bath time routine, turn down the lights, take deep breaths, light a few scented candles and play some soothing, tranquil music. Don’t forget to use your favorite Nabila K bath salts, bubble bath, body scrub, and shampoo.
- Pour yourself a fancy cocktail! There’s nothing better at the end of the day than a chilled cocktail in a pretty glass. Enjoy while reading a book, while soaking in the tub, or even both!
- Catch up on your beauty sleep.
- Let’s face it: we all feel better when we’re well-rested. We’re able to focus better and we’re
- more pleasant to be around! If you have the time, a nap during the day can be the restorative fuel you need to feel refreshed and invigorated. Also, sleeping in (and without an alarm—if your schedule allows) is one of life’s great pleasures so, if you get the opportunity, take it!
- Try to focus on the positive. Even when the world seems like an extremely hostile, frightening place, it’s vital to try and find the good (and there is an abundance of good to find if you look hard enough!). This is beneficial not only for one’s psychological and emotional health but is also for those around us (especially with children involved).
- Help others. Whether you’re checking in on a loved one, offering emotional support, spreading awareness of injustices, volunteering your time or donating to the charity of your choice, nothing feels better than helping those less fortunate.
- Be open about your feelings. It’s always helpful to have someone to talk to and be honest with. Even if it’s just a quick phone call, we should all be able to voice our opinions and concerns. When we are able to talk about what bothers us, we’ll realize that most people have the same fears and anxieties. When we recognize that we’re all in this together, everything seems a little less scary.
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