Self-care Isn’t Selfish

Summer is about taking weekend trips with friends, swimming in pools, and maybe working at a summer camp. Some would consider that self-care, but in fact, true self-care is an individual task. However, we’re living through an unexpected pandemic, known as COVID-19 so there are needed adjustments. Even though it may seem like life is over, having a dissimilar perspective is key. Nonetheless, I’ve put together three easy tips to help during this difficult time.  

What is self-care? Self-care is an activity or activities that you do continuously daily to ensure your mental, emotional, and physical health is in good shape. From experience, I used to believe I didn’t have time to do anything that benefitted me mentally. I work two jobs and go straight to bed when the day is over. Unexpectedly, an epiphany arose and questioned my lifestyle. The first tip I have to share is to consider a time where there is absolutely nothing to do. Take that time and meditate on a soothing song of your choice. During meditation, clear your mind of any worries or doubts you’ve been holding on to. Focus on your breathing and how long your body can be relaxed. The purpose of meditation is to obtain a stable state. 

The end goal is to achieve a stable state of being than what you were in before. The second tip involves eating healthy and exercising. Healthy eating is having a diet that mainly consists of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables contain a great number of essential vitamins and minerals that help fight against diseases. Combined with daily workouts boosts your self-motivation.

The last tip is my personal favorite. I believe journaling is highly effective in establishing a healthier mind. In my free time, I write down how I felt throughout the day and any recurring thoughts that I feel are important.   

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It is extremely important to maintain your sanity throughout this entire quarantine. Essentially, elevating your self-care routines and contributing to your self-motivation is a great use of time. The best way to take care of your mental health is to establish it as a top priority compared to any other responsibilities in life. These responsibilities may include career, relationships, friendships, or anyone’s opinion. Always remember that mental health comes first, especially at a time like this. 

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