Welcome to Self Care Stories, a blog series showcasing how different people take care of themselves around the world. In our lives, we often forget to prioritize our own well-being. We hope that by reading these stories, you feel inspired to build your own self-care routines because your own care is important.
What's your background?
I’m a 22-year-old third-year university student from Brunei Darussalam who currently lives in Malaysia. My hobbies include photography and cooking.
What's your definition of self-care or what does self-care mean to you?
Self-care means taking good care of your mind, body, and soul. A balance between these three concepts would make a great recipe.
Tell me your story. How do you practice self-care in your life?
One of my major practices is that I constantly seek to make peace within myself. It's not easy. I am a person that's usually hard on myself. But slowly, I seek for peace. Through meditation and reflections, I find purpose in my hobbies and interests. This cleanses and renews my soul. I also read life-changing books which widens my perspective. You will no longer feel alone. For my body, stay happy with it regardless of how it looks like. As long as you're being healthy, that’s enough. For my mind, I challenge myself and constantly fight the inner critic that I have. Today I might lose, but I constantly fight for it. Fight for the peace that I deserve.
What makes taking care of yourself so important to you?
I have a fear of losing people I love. I either end up pushing them away or they decide to leave me. Not everyone could understand the concept of mental health. I was hesitant when it comes to seeking help which resulted in major emotional outbursts and got myself into trouble. I want to work towards minimizing my feelings of regret that I have to live with.
If you had advice to give someone else on practicing self-care, what would it be?
You are meant to be flawed. I think that's what makes it beautiful. Every single person in the world has faced some kind of mistake in life. Your vulnerability is not a weakness; it's a weapon. Use it to be better and connect with each other.
This series was created in collaboration with Self Caid. To find out more information on how to build a self-care routine, check out them out here.