Sometimes life can simply be A LOT and when we don’t take the time out to evaluate our holistic health, specifically our mental health needs, we are causing more harm. Oftentimes, we need to reset with a Self-Care Sunday or treat ourselves to acts of self-care any day of the week.
What is Self-Care and why is it so important?
Self-care is a decision-making process that empowers individuals to look after their own health efficiently and conveniently. Taking the time out to do the things that will help both your physical health and mental health is very beneficial in the long run.
Today there are high expectations for people to always be productive, whether that be with work, school, or just life in general which can take a toll on your body, both physically and mentally.
Self-care is not only for self-indulging, but it is great for mental health too. Not taking time out to engage in self-care could lead to less productivity, burn out, depression, anxiety, and a lot of other negative implications. Mental health is more than the absence of a mental illness—it’s essential to your overall health and quality of life. Self-care plays a role in maintaining your mental health and can help support your treatment and recovery if you have a mental illness. Self-care can help you manage stress, lower your risk of illness, increase your energy, and increase productivity. Even small acts of self-care in your daily life can have a major impact on you!
October is Mental Health Awareness Month, so if you have not been prioritizing your mental health, take this as your sign to do so… NOW! :)
8 [affordable] acts of self-care
Stretch: Find a good stretching video on YouTube or Tik Tok to help relieve the tension in your body.
Social Media Detox: Sometimes we need a break from the posting, liking, sharing, and commenting. Give your mind a break by spending a day or two away from social media.
Journal: Grab a pen and paper or pull or your notes app and journal. You can write about how you are feeling, things you want to accomplish, or you can find a journaling prompt and write about that.
Watch your favorite show or movie: Grab your remote or laptop and binge watch your favorite tv show or put on your favorite movie. Grab some snacks, a refreshing drink, and a blanket (or two) to make the experience even better.
Have a Spa Day: Take a relaxing shower or bath and light some candles to really set the mood! Follow with your wash day routine, and be sure to grab your Rebalance pH Treatment to treat your hair (the changes in our hair and scalp is often the first sign that our health is in jeopardy). Grab your fave face mask to give your skin a good detox, and follow with our Watermelon Dreams Absolute oil to hydrate your skin. This will leave you feeling squeaky clean and relaxed.
Bake or cook your favorite meal: Indulge in your favorite dessert or meal. Not only will you feel relaxed making it, but you will be excited to eat it!
Create a vision board: Find pictures related to goals you want to accomplish, things you may want to purchase or the lifestyle you want to create. If you want to make a digital vision board, get some pics from Google or Pinterest and make your collage on Canva or any other photo collage website. For those who would rather do a paper version, grab a sheet of paper or poster board, find some old magazines, and cut out pictures that reflect these goals.
Taking a nap: Sometimes all we need is a nap to feel better! Get cozy [queue Beyoncé], grab your eye mask and get your rest!
In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we are doing an affirmation for the month.
This month’s affirmation is “I am not held back by fear, doubt, or disappointment.”