self-care is beyond taking care of your looks. it’s about taking care of yourself mentally, emotionally, and physically.

i get it, we all get so busy in our everyday lives that sometimes we forget to focus on ourselves.

don’t forget to take a minute everyday to check in with yourself, and make sure your self is doing just fine.

some of my favorite things to help me keep myself in check and leveled & some suggestions for you:

work out: not only is it great to feel good about yourself, but working out is a great way to destress (literally). working out increases the production of endorphins (you know, those things that help create “positive feelings”). In fact, says that “exercise has been shown to improve your mood and decrease feelings of depression, anxiety and stress.” what’ya think about that?

travel: leave your comfort zone for a few days, and open your eyes to new wonders beyond your own borders. exposing yourself to new cultures and new ways of life can be life-changing. you don’t need to go far, just far enough to expose yourself to outside of your comfort zone.

spa therapy: hit the spa or have fun with a diy spa day. taking care of yourself physically, and making sure your appearance is where you want it to be is (obviously) important. though you might find this a bit “superficial,” it’s become our reality. if getting your nails done, or getting a a new hairdo makes you feel good on the outside and in, why not? get dolled up, who’s stopping you? or can’t make it to the spa? find out some of my favorite diy spa day ideas here.

read a book: books are full of useful information. sometimes reading a book (any kind!) can help you get to know yourself better. put yourself in the narrator’s shoes, and think about what you would do. or find inspiration and direction in books, like i did in jen sincero’s you are a badass.

keep a journal: if you’re not into reading someone else’s story, write your own! sometimes writing your thoughts and emotions down can be therapeutic. create lists of what you want to work on, or what you’ve already perfected. keeping a journal is also a great way to express your thoughts, concerns, experiences, and etc. without saying them aloud. go ahead, try it!

see a therapist: therapists are educated and licensed professionals who have a deep knowledge in and understanding of how our dynamic and brains work. therapists are also great listeners, they are there to help us when we need to express our thoughts and feelings in a judge-free zone. some might even see therapy as a laboratory— a place to practice, experience, or learn.

make time for your social life: we’re all busy, and we’ve all got life to do. but seriously, this one is crucial. don’t make work into life or death. make time to enjoy life and its happenings when you can. “all we have is time—” how do you interpret that? listen to your answer.

i hope that after you’ve read through this post, you are more open to the idea of “self-care,” and understand how extensive the term really is. how you interpret it and what you make of it is all that matters. #selfcaresunday?