When I first started hearing about Self Care I would always see posts about lavish travels and how they helped “reset” in a sense a person’s hectic daily routine or an upscale sap day with complimentary champagne and insane face masks that include exclusive, imported ingredients. One word for all of this: BOUJEE. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snap, etc.—all of these social media platforms create this expensive and time-consuming illusion of what “self-care” is, but I’m here to let you know that that’s all it is: an illusion. Real self-care doesn’t have to be about mani-pedi’s in an insanely expensive hotel or a lavish trip to Paris that’s going to cost you your life’s savings for the ‘Gram. Self-care is not sacrificing your financial circumstances just to post & boast about how relaxed you are (& let’s face it, you’re probably going to stress about whether that caption was good enough or if the angle could have been better). Self-care is really just about preserving and improving your health. What? That’s it? Yes, Ladies & Gentlemen, that's it. You don’t have to sacrifice your money or your time or energy because self-care should never be about sacrifice; it’s the time you enjoy taking for yourself — it’s your “Me” time. This “Me” time can be anywhere between 10 minutes or 2 hours that you enjoy taking out of your day to improve your overall health.
If you’re confused about where to start or what steps you can take to stick to your self-care journey or routine, here are some things I do to practice self-care every day:
Hope some of these quick tips help! For more on self-care, love, happiness, gratitude, etc. you can also follow me on Instagram at @alin.mar and/or listen to my podcast via Spotify: Life As It Is by Annel Marquez
- Annel Marquez