Why should we make time for self-care?
I truly don’t know what to write about this week.
My creativity has been lacking for the last couple weeks and I feel down. Maybe being sick has something to do with it…and I wasn’t making time for self-care a priority!
At one point, my toddler was just too much to handle. My patience was so low that I literally had to walk away from her on numerous occasions, locking the bedroom door behind me. I’d cry out to my partner, “I can’t do this anymore!” and let him deal with it. My poor kid probably thought I wanted to give her away! And quite possibly, for a moment, I did.
Things weren’t going smoothly at work for a little while. Everything was just more complicated than necessary and my work wasn’t up to my (type A) standards (that’s an annoyance for another post). It drove me crazy!
My baby hasn’t been sleeping well lately. I guess I shouldn’t complain because she did well for a while, but screw it.
I mean, this isn’t exactly complaining…is it? I’d like to think of it as more of a venting session. After all, what’s a personal blog for?
I need to make time for self-care!
I’m not exactly surprised that shit has been hitting the fan. A recent tarot card reading and this energy healer’s Power Portal (a transmission of love, light and information) confirmed the crazy negative energy of the past two weeks. For a little while, I thought I was going nuts. Anything and everything frustrated me. It was good to know I wasn’t alone!
We should all be grateful for times like these, though. It sort of opens your eyes, makes you realize there are larger forces at play and we sometimes have no control. In fact, I’d say we actually have no control whatsoever. That’s why anxiety is so ridiculous. Anxiety is literally the fear of losing control. How can you lose control if you don’t have any to begin with?
If I’ve learned anything from the past couple weeks, it’s that making time for self-care and routine are so, so important. Without it, you can lose yourself in the constant whirl of negative energy. Here are a few self-care ideas:
EPSOM SALT BATHS
A wonderful way to clear any negative energy that you’ve absorbed is to take epsom salt baths. A quarter cup with warm, comforting water and a couple drops of an essential oil of your choice should do the trick. The salt absorbs toxins that seep out of your pores. Try it!
Sage is an essential tool for clearing negative energy. It’s mainly used for clearing the home before moving in or after a fight, but can also be used on yourself. Take the lit sage bundle and swirl it around your entire body: head, arms, legs and over the back chanting a mantra like, “Please help clear away all the energy that does not belong to me”. You can do it to your children, too (especially after a tantrum)!
During hectic times, we may not know if what we’re feeling is true to ourselves or just an absorption of other people’s negative energy. That’s why it’s important to develop a journaling practice. It makes you aware of what’s going on inside without being too demanding. If you don’t have any idea on how to start journaling, here’s a tip: just start writing! It doesn’t matter if you have nothing in mind in the beginning. Eventually, your mind will start to spit out anything and everything and you may not be able to stop!
Everyone should develop their own self-care routines. Think about what makes you happy or calms you down, and incorporate those things into your daily life. Five minutes or five hours- whatever you can squeeze in! Remember, you are no good to anyone if you aren’t taking care of yourself!
What are some of your daily routines? Please share in the comments below!