Hello, my fellow positivity seekers!
Since writing my first post, my mind has been swimming with ideas on where to go next. (I’d be lying if I said I haven’t started at least five different posts in the past few days…) I thought the most challenging part of starting a blog would be actually starting it. In reality, the hardest part has been figuring out what comes after!
As I started (and re-started, and re-started…) writing this morning, I began to feel the writer’s block taking over. Nothing I wrote felt authentic and it all seemed a little disconnected from what I was feeling.
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To pick myself up from the downer mood I was slumping into, I started cleaning. I don’t know about you but cleaning and organizing are some of my FAVORITE things to do when I’m feeling low. The acts of sweeping away all of the dust and dirt, de-cluttering some over-stuffed spaces, and finally doing those dishes that have been in the sink a little too long (we’ve all been there, right?) makes me feel totally refreshed, light, and content.
It hit me shortly after I put away the last of the dishes: cleaning my apartment was an act of self-care. *Cue the burst of writing clarity and inspiration!*
This is my very, very round-about way of presenting a contextual example of self-care. I know, I know, everyone and their mom has been preaching about self-care and mindfulness and yada, yada. Personally, I love talking about this stuff – but I do find that some conversations and dialogues about these topics can feel cheesy or contrived.
What I realized today is that sometimes talking about self-care feels corny because it looks different for everyone.
Occasionally I’ll read a blog post talking about self-care where the writer details how drawing a bath, tossing in a bath bomb, and soaking in suds with a glass of wine is their go-to activity when they need a little TLC. I often find myself thinking, “That is so not me – I don’t love getting pruny in the bath and I don’t drink wine. Maybe self-care isn’t my thing?”
Now, don’t take this as me being a hater. I commend and respect people who can lounge in a bath for hours of total relaxation (especially when they can snap tranquil photos for Insta too!) The main takeaway is that self-care looks different for everyone. Today, my self-care was to take a breath, take a break, and clean my apartment. Your self-care might be cracking open your journal to write out some pent-up emotions. Or it might be throwing on your tennies and going for a run.
Self-care is YOU taking care of yourself. So it makes sense that your chosen activities might not be the same as everyone else’s, right?
Self-care is a huge buzz topic in the blogging community and for good reason. If someone else’s chosen activities don’t tickle your fancy, take some time to reflect and figure out what works for you! It’s okay if your’s look a little different from someone else’s – you may inspire someone to think outside their self-care box!
What activities, things, or people bring you up from feeling down? How do these things make you feel relaxed and clear-minded? How did you figure out that these work for you?