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 am a 27-year-old music teacher who was raised in Kaneohe, Hawaii and currently lives in Newcastle, Washington. I love watching movies (specifically Marvel), taking photos, listening to music, sports, and living life.
What's your definition of self-care or what does self-care mean to you?
Self-care, in my opinion, is when you take the time to release the worries, stressors, and responsibilities of the world to take a period of time to focus on yourself and your own well-being.
Tell me your story. How do you practice self-care in your life?
I have a lot of struggles with severe anxiety and depression. I had this diagnosed almost 10 years ago, but I have struggled with it my entire life. I take the meds, go to therapy and use the 'tools' given to me to get myself out of the dark times. Throughout the years, I have learned to put time aside for myself. That could include a solo drive to a destination with a beautiful view, a good hour at a batting cage or a night in with my best friend. Amongst these things, I will sometimes spoil myself with a manicure, massage or facial. Self-care can also take the form of treating myself to my favorite sweet treat or place to eat. I believe that self-care can take many forms, but it all depends on the person to take the initiative to focus on it.
What makes taking care of yourself so important to you?
Taking care of myself reminds me of my self-worth. It also makes me remember that I am worth something and that I do matter. Taking care of yourself shouldn't be seen as selfish, because it is anything but that. You can't function if you are down and out. Everyone needs to remember to take time for themselves and to give themselves the love they deserve.
If you had advice to give someone else on practicing self-care, what would it be?
Find the time to write down and brainstorm the things that make you happy. By knowing what you could do to help yourself, you are taking the first step towards better self-care.
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.