Have you ever noticed how when you’re stressed or depressed, self-care becomes a huge chore that you avoid even though these are the times you need it most?
I keep realizing this. I’ve been going through a lot of really challenging things lately, making the C-PTSD flare up badly. I keep neglecting to take care of myself, even though I need to do so. It’s frustrating, because I know lots of things that will help me feel better. I also know I should be doing them. Yet, I have no clue why I’m not doing them more often.
Have you ever done this too? For some reason, it seems to be human nature.
Self-care is of the utmost importance, but no more so than during challenging times. It’s easy to neglect yourself during those times, but focusing on even just simple ways to be good to yourself is so rewarding. Walking barefoot in the dewy grass, listening to bird’s singing early in the morning, sit by a roaring fire with a mug of herbal tea or glass of wine on a snowy evening, a bubble bath, playing with/snuggling your pets or buying that new book you’ve been wanting can help to improve your mood.
Also don’t neglect a beauty ritual, Ladies! It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or elaborate. I personally keep mine very simple. I exfoliate my skin often in the shower with my own concoction of equal parts ground oatmeal, cornmeal & salt, then follow this with a nice lotion. I use shampoo & conditioner that I love, & hand & nail products that soften my hands & strengthen my nails. Frequent manicures/pedicures also are part of my beauty ritual. These little things help me to feel pretty, which is always good for the mood.
The next time you’re going through some stressful times, I hope you won’t push your self-care & beauty rituals to the back burner again! You are worth it! Take good care of yourself!