“Information overload; overworked and underpaid. All news seems to be bad news. Kindness is on the endangered species list.”
When it comes to just living life, it’s a stressful and complicated endeavor. If you manage to make it through the day without hearing of some tragedy, you’re already ahead of the curve. Let’s face it. Times are tough, and it’s not easy to shrug things off and not feel hopeless to some degree.
Sadly, most of the things that happen around us are out of our control, yet they still manage to affect our mind, body, and spirits negatively. So, how do you rise above it? How do you find your way off of the daily crazy train with all of your faculties intact? You must learn the self-sustaining act of “Self Care.”
Self-care is a loving act of carving out time to minister to your personal needs. Every human being has a breaking point; self-care allows you to take a moment and dial back the stresses of the day and do what is necessary to soothe and protect your own mental health.
The best way to reset a week’s worth of stress is to invest in a weekly 30-45 minute bathing ritual. I am a shower-er by nature, but I can’t express to you how relaxing a bath is after a stressful week. I have invested myself by hitting up stores like Tuesday Morning, Big Lots, Marshall’s, Ross and Amazon for the various tools that I needed to enjoy my bath time.
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If you love listening to music, I recommend The Most Relaxing Classical Music In The Universe. Whatever it takes to get your mind clear and focused, is what you should do. There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to finding what works best for you. But keep in mind that while finding time to decompress is critical, self-care also means taking care of things that you have put off because you can’t face it or it’s hard.
You must learn that avoidance generally leads to negative consequences and it only has a snowball effect. Facing up to the unpleasantness of life isn’t something we relish, but it is something that we must do. I’ve always found that the longer I put something off, the more tense and anxious it made me. As soon as I started acting like an adult, things became more comfortable to deal with, and I felt less pressure as I ticked each task off of my list.
So remember, to create a balance: De-stress, but still do the work that is required to deal with the inevitable.