The Ugly Side Of Self Care
Everywhere you look, you always see positive things for you to do when you want to practice self care. There’s always the advice to spend time alone, go get a mani/pedi, get a massage, go outside, simply read a book, or complete the Self Care Success Kit.
Of course those things will definitely calm you down, but will they fix everything? Doubt it.
There’s a ugly side of self care that no one is really talking about (including me) and it’s time that I take a step outside of my comfort zone to do just that.
I’ll just come right out and say it… I’ve been struggling with depression and anxiety for years. I can’t even remember when it exactly started but it had to have been when I was high school.
If you read my post, Grieving, Goals and Growth, you'd know that I dealt with a lot of loss and death at a young age and still struggle with it today. That loss weighs on me every day and it's taken a lot of time and forgiveness to comes to terms with it.
There are still days where I just need to meditate, cry or just shut myself off from the world because I'm anxious and just need to be alone. And, you know what... It's totally okay. It's how I deal with things in my life and it actually helps clear my head and ground my energy.
When I feel like this, I just need to lay on the couch, relax and even take a nap. By honoring the space I need, I essentially go from crazed to calm and recharge my batteries by doing absolutely nothing. I also get migraines when I'm super stressed (which doesn't help) and I literally lose an entire day because I'm completely miserable and can barely open my eyes.
So, if you're anything like me and feel like you're ready to snap, take the time to slow down. You have the ability to stay in the emotional state you're in or you can honor yourself and your emotions.
Get those emotions out... allow yourself to cry, journal, meditate, practice reiki, or just shut yourself off from the world and turn off your phone for the afternoon.
How do you practice self care when you just don't want to do anything? Comment below.