Hey everyone, I’m Chloe!
Laura and I met while completing our master’s at the University of Glasgow. I have a blog named Quarter Life Chloe where I talk about mental health, travel, budgeting, etc. Basically, everything that affects the average 20 something! Today is really exciting because Laura and I have decided to do a collaboration! So, after you read this post, be sure to go over to Quarter Life Chloe and check out Laura’s self-care story!
What is Self-care?
Essentially, self-care is taking care of yourself. Sounds easy enough, but it’s not something we practice enough. I’m sure most of you can relate to the work-life/social-life balance struggle. It seems as if our to-do lists are never ending and it’s hard to remember to take some time and take care of ourselves. There’s a stigma towards self-care that it is selfish. However, I couldn’t disagree more. I like to use the metaphor of oxygen masks on an airplane – they always remind you to put yours on before helping anyone else. Life works the exact same way; you need to help yourself before you are any help to others. I believe that self-care is key to being the best employee/student/partner/friend/human you can be.
Another common misconception is that self-care is expensive. Here are a few suggestions that cost nothing:
- Push yourself to wake up/go to sleep at times that allow you to be well-rested. Adequate sleep is essential for you to thrive physically and mentally.
- Slow down your mornings. Get into the habit of waking up 20-30 minutes earlier than you normally would. Starting your day off rushing around your house, skipping breakfast and speeding to where to need to be starts off your day on the wrong foot.
- Challenge yourself to move every day, even if it’s just ten minutes of stretching. Bonus points if it’s outside!
- Forgive someone. One of the quotes I live by is “Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die”. If you’re holding onto anger, forgiving someone can be one of the best gifts you can give yourself.
- Stop procrastinating! Do that thing that you’ve been meaning to do. Chances are you won’t regret it.
- Practice meditation.
- Stay in instead of going out OR go out instead of staying in. Do what you feel is best for you.
- Message old friends with personal jokes or old photos. Suggest to catch up soon and push yourself to follow through. Re-connecting is always good for the heart.
Try implementing one (or two, or all!) of these ideas into your daily routine and I’m sure that you’ll notice a difference. I’m a big advocate of the concept of self-care. It presents the notion that we are largely in charge of our own mental health and we have the ability to take care of ourselves. It can be a very empowering feeling. I strongly believe that if we were all taught self-care from a young age, it would have a positive influence on our well-being as a whole. I hope that this post gives you the motivation you need to take care of yourself!