Earlier in the week I posted this picture below:
Those who are millennial’s….have you read anything more accurate? These words resonated so deeply with me but also hit me like a ton of bricks. *cue wheels turning in my brain*
It seems the common theme amongst our generation is we’re burning out and burning quickly. We were pressured in school to perform with perfection while being taught from a very narrow educational scope (check out this video to understand what I’m referring to), pressured to go to college as if it was our only option, and now forced to work long hours with little pay and major educational debt. Since most people are already aware of this, today I’m going to chose to center my frustrations less towards these challenges, and rather to talk about self-care.
Self-care essentially is the practice of utilizing activities or intentional actions that enhance your mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. When speaking about self-care, I can’t stress this enough: take care of yourself. Take time to find activities or hobbies that serve your soul. Practice yoga, learn to paint, read, go for a long drive, volunteer, create something you’re passionate about. Whatever brings you joy in life PLEASE do it. If we don’t start practicing self-care we’ll continue to suffer from negativity, burn out, physical health concerns and especially mental health concerns. Too many of us are facing anxiety, depression, eating disorders, substance use, etc. Life is too short to continue to ignore or drown alone with mental health disorders. Trust me, work can wait, your family will adjust, and friends will have to understand. You deserve to take care of yourself, your life depends on it.
This Buzzfeed article gives a short and sweet overview of self-care routines.
Okay okay…I can’t preach all of this without being honest. I didn’t write this today as if I’m some self-care expert. I am AWFUL at practicing self-care. After a week of feeling frustrated and emotional about all the stressors in my life, this topic was necessary for me to process more than anything. So I’m writing this as a commitment to myself, to practice self-care and put myself first. I’m writing this as an opportunity to encourage myself and those around me to choose self-care. I’m hoping you’ll consider taking care of your mind, body and spirit with me, because let’s be honest, we deserve it.
Be good to you this weekend, thanks for reading loves!!!