World Mental Health Day - Ways I Practice Self Care | Moody Florals and Pointed Ankle Boots
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Tomorrow is World Mental Health Day in case you didn’t know! I detailed my struggles with anxiety in this post and I talked about going to therapy as well. I’m so glad that as a society, we’re getting better at removing the stigma around mental health issues and prioritizing self-care. I admit, I haven’t been the best at this lately but self-care is a huge component of good mental (and physical) health. In honor of World Mental Health Day, here are a few ways I practice self-care.
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Talk to a therapist
I wrote a whole post on my experiences seeing a therapist, especially as a person of color. I honestly think it’s a great idea to talk to a therapist, even if you don’t think there’s anything “wrong” in your life. I think everyone can truly benefit from therapy - it makes you introspective, deal with stressors much better, and helps resolve a lot of person issues you may be going through.
Get some exercise
I think we all know that exercise is good, not just for your physical health, but for your mental health too. I like to run and go to yoga and if I don’t do these things regularly… I start to feel it! Even for a quick jog, I come back home all smiles. I know that not everyone can exercise every day (I know I can’t) so I try to schedule either three runs, three yoga sessions, or a combination of both in a week.
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Get some fresh Air
One thing I love about living in DC is that if I step outside, there’s tons of things to do. All of the Smithsonian museums are free, including the US Botanic Garden. I managed to leave my cave and take a scooter there, just in time for a Kitchen Garden tasting. The Garden let us sample some picked vegetables and just being there with all the flowers and plants, eating yummy foods did wonders. Speaking of yummy foods…
My mom had an autoimmune disease so growing up, I ended up eating the healthiest foods because that was literally all my mom could eat without having it take a toll on her system. When I went to college, I remember feeling unwell and too full every time I ate a plate of chicken tenders or something, because my body was not used to it. I think eating healthy, much like exercise, is a habit and when you break off from that habit (which, of course is okay to do once in a while), you’ll feel it. Along these lines, I am lucky to live on a street with three grocery stores, one literally across the street from my apartment building and a Whole Foods two blocks away. Having grocery options makes me want to cook often and when I cook, I like cooking healthy.
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Schedule Reading Time
I am an avid reader, as evidenced by my 2019 reading list (I’ve read 79 books so far!) Even when things get hectic or busy, I still make time for reading because it relaxes me while also making me feel productive. I don’t know why because I read a lot of fiction so it’s not necessarily “productive” to have read The Whisper Network vs reading a book about investing in stock, if you will, but reading makes me think about things in a new and different way and I appreciate gaining perspective.
I’m a big fan of organizing, and in case you don’t believe me, check out my bullet journal spreads I do every month. Every morning, I get to work early and use that quiet time to plan out my day and fill out in my bullet journal what needs to be done. I take a moment to reflect and organize my time, my space, and my life. It has helped me immensely in figuring out what I need for my health!
What are some ways you practice self care?