How Journaling Counts As Self Care

person writing on a notebook beside macbook
Photo by Judit Peter on Pexels.com

Every day, we get flooded with information and emotions brought up by everything we experience. These feelings can be both positive and negative, and we must healthily process all of them. Focusing on positives while working through negatives is an integral part of self-care. One great way to accomplish this is through journaling! Read on to find out how journaling counts as self-care.

You Can Be Honest
Journaling allows you to be completely raw and honest with yourself. You don’t have to worry about what someone might think if you express certain emotions honestly, and you can feel safe. Journaling also lets you practice self-awareness. Much like how saying something out loud can help you hear how ridiculous it sounds—journaling can help you SEE if you overreact to something innocuous.

It Can Help You Remember What To Be Grateful For
A great way to shift the focus off of your negative feelings is to list things you are thankful for, or that made you happy each day. It can be ANYTHING from the perfect cup of coffee to getting a hug from a loved one. Just write down everything that had a positive impact on your day. It is a great way to end your journaling sessions on a high note and put you in a happier and more relaxed mindset.

It Gives You Quiet Time
Taking the time to journal your feelings each day gives you a scheduled quiet time with yourself and your feelings. You can sit quietly with your emotions and figure out WHY certain things make you feel negative. You can take the time to work through your triggers and not allow pain from your past to control your future.

Helps You Keep Track Of Repeated Issues
By making a point of journaling your feelings and experiences each day, you will be able to get a fix on things that keep happening that affect you negatively. It will allow you to avoid these situations and/or figure out how to fix them. As you weed out these issues, you can more confidently navigate your day-to-day life.

Lets You Blow Off Steam
Sometimes it would be nice to really tell someone that has been hurting you what you think of them and hurt them back. However, this can lead to many other harmful situations; and can often be counter-productive to try to live a more healthy and peaceful life. It is where journaling can come in very handy. Instead of verbally lashing out at the person or people, write down what you wish you could say to them: no consequences, just you and your journal. If you can/want, you can also even read it out loud as if they were there. The important thing here is that you’ve gotten that negativity out of your system, so it doesn’t fester and explode. Once you’ve written it all out and possibly read it alone, tear that page out of your journal and dispose of it however you want. It will help keep you from revisiting and reigniting any negative feelings you just took the time to get out.

I hope these ways that journaling counts as self-care have inspired you to start journaling on your own! It’s a beautiful way to process both positives and negatives that you go through in your life.

That’s it until next time; please stay safe, and keep the faith.

Self-Care is the Ultimate Anti-Aging Hack

Journal Prompts

What would you like to stay the same? Are there areas in your life you’re already pleased with and don’t want to change?

Self-Care is the Ultimate Anti-Aging Hack

When it comes to fighting off the effects of aging, there’s a lot you can do. You can eat right, take great care of your skin, exercise, and all of that, but ultimately the best anti-aging hack is self-care. Self-care makes all the difference in aging because it feeds your very unique and specific needs. While nutrition, diet, and exercise are general and can apply to most people, self-care is highly personal, and what one person needs may look nothing like what someone else does.

We all need self-care, but not the same kind

We can all agree that self-care is vital, but we will likely disagree on the type and frequency everyone needs. Only you know what self-care means to you and how much and what type you need. For new moms, self-care could mean a shower and a nap, while a retired or widowed woman may need companionship for self-care.

We all need self-care, but not the same kind. You’ve got to tune into what you need and make it a priority. If you need 9 1/2 hours of sleep per night to be healthy, then you’ve got to make that your focus. Ultimately, whether or not you add self-care to the list of anti-aging hacks will determine how well you fight the aging process.

We all need self-care, but it changes over time

What we needed for self-care a year ago may not be what we need today. As our situations change over time, so does the sort and frequency of self-care we need today. Be sure to stay tuned to what you need to care for yourself and make any shifts or adjustments along the way. It’s reasonable to expect that what you need changes and how you get your fill of self-care will change too.

We all need self-care, and so does your family

People resist self-care because it feels indulgent and selfish. One of the easiest ways to make space for guilt-free self-care is to make it a priority for your whole family. It becomes normalized when you model the importance of self-care and empower others to take it for themselves. People feel more relaxed and supported, and that promotes aging well and living a stress-less lifestyle.

You can fight aging by eating right and drinking plenty of water, but you add to the richness of life by making self-care a regular part of your routine. Take the time to care for yourself, and it will reflect in your happiness and the longevity of your life.

Until next time, stay, and keep the faith.

Self-Care is the Ultimate Anti-Aging Hack

When it comes to fighting off the effects of aging, there is a lot you can do. You can eat right, take great care of your skin, exercise, and all of that, but ultimately the best anti-aging hack is self-care. Self-care makes all the difference in aging because it feeds your very unique and specific needs. While nutrition, diet, and exercise are general and can apply to most people, self-care is highly personal, and what one person needs may look nothing like what someone else does.

We all need self-care, but not the same kind

We can all agree that self-care is vital, but we will likely disagree on the type and frequency everyone needs. Only you know what self-care means to you and how much and what type you need. For new moms, self-care could mean a shower and a nap, while a retired or widowed woman may need companionship for self-care.

We all need self-care, but not the same kind. You have got to tune into what you need and make it a priority. If you need 9 1/2 hours of sleep per night to be healthy, you have to make that your focus. Ultimately, whether or not you add self-care to the list of anti-aging hacks will determine how well you fight the aging process.

We all need self-care, but it changes over time

What we needed for self-care a year ago may not be what we need today. As our situations change over time, so does the sort and frequency of self-care we need today. Be sure to stay tuned to what you need to care for yourself and make any shifts or adjustments along the way. It’s reasonable to expect that what you need changes and how you get your fill of self-care will change too.

We all need self-care, and so does your family

People resist self-care because it feels indulgent and selfish. One of the easiest ways to make space for guilt-free self-care is to make it a priority for your whole family. It becomes normalized when you model the importance of self-care and empower others to take it for themselves. People feel more relaxed and supported, and that promotes aging well and living a stress-less lifestyle.

You can fight aging by eating right and drinking plenty of water, but you add to the richness of life by making self-care a regular part of your routine. Take the time to care for yourself, and it will reflect in your happiness and the longevity of your life.

Well, this concludes my thoughts on aging for now. I have not decided on my next subject. I will share my morning and evening self-care habits with you tomorrow. If you have some ideas of subjects, you would like me to cover, please leave a comment. Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.

What Happens to You When You are Stressed?

We all know stress is bad for our health, but do you know what it does? Understanding the effects stress has on the body can help you realize just how important it is to keep your levels under control.

Here, we will look at how stress impacts you and some of the best self-care ideas you can use to reduce it.

What is stress?

Stress is a response from the body when faced with a threat or demand. It is a defense mechanism, also referred to as the “flight or fight” response. In emergencies, it can potentially help to save your life. However, in general, in day-to-day life, high levels of constant stress can negatively affect our health.

The thing about chronic stress is that it can negatively impact every aspect of your life. It produces physical, emotional, and mental effects on the body.

Understanding the different effects stress can have on your life is essential. Identifying the signs is crucial to taking action and eliminating the potential threat it has on your wellbeing.

How stress affects the mind

Although a bit of stress now and again can be beneficial, too much can negatively impact your wellbeing.

Chronic stress can have a devastating impact on the mind. It can lead to depression, anxiety, trouble with memory, and lead to loneliness and isolation.

These mental symptoms can lead to changes in behavior and dramatically decrease your quality of life.

The physical effects of stress

While stress can have a significant impact on your mental health, it also causes physical symptoms too. When you are experiencing high levels of stress, some of the physical signs include:

  • A racing heart
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Muscle tension
  • Headaches
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue

These are just some of the physical signs of stress. Your body remains in the fight or flight stance, causing the heart to beat faster. Despite the fact you feel constantly tired, insomnia can start to take over.

The physical symptoms of stress can be challenging to live with day by day. If left untreated, it can also lead to more severe physical issues such as a compromised immune system. Studies have shown that high levels of constant stress can lead to the development of extreme health conditions, as well as potentially lower your lifespan.

So, if stress’s mental and emotional effects were not harmful enough, these physical symptoms make lowering your stress levels essential.

Great Self-Care ideas to reduce stress

If you are looking to reduce stress’s mental and physical effects, taking care of yourself is crucial. There are a lot of self-care tasks you can utilize to minimize the stress in your life.

Making sure you have at least 30 minutes to yourself each day can be effective. Everyone needs a little downtime and to spend a little time alone. It helps to leave you feeling a lot more relaxed. Use the daily alone time to do something relaxing, such as taking a bath, reading, or listening to your favorite music.

Getting out into nature can also be effective. Just a 30-minute walk can leave you feeling so much calmer. Write a list of the things you find relaxing, then schedule them into your daily routine. 

The above are just some of the effects stress can have on your life. A little stress is not damaging, but chronic stress can significantly impact your health and wellbeing.

So, to avoid the issues mentioned above, it is a good idea to put together a self-care plan. Taking little steps each day to reduce your stress can have a significant beneficial impact on your wellbeing.   

Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.

Self-Care is the Ultimate Anti-Aging Hack

Photo by RF._.studio on Pexels.com

When it comes to fighting off the effects of aging, there is a lot you can do. You can eat right, take great care of your skin, exercise, and all of that, but ultimately the best anti-aging hack is self-care. Self-care makes all the difference in aging because it feeds your unique and specific needs. While nutrition, diet, and exercise are general and can apply to most people, self-care is highly personal, and what one person needs may look nothing like what someone else does.

We all need self-care, but not the same kind

We can all agree that self-care is vital, but we will likely disagree on the type and frequency everyone needs. Only you know what self-care means to you and how much and what type you need. For new moms, self-care could mean a shower and a nap, while a retired or widowed woman may need companionship for self-care.

We all need self-care, but not the same kind. You have to tune into what you need and make it a priority. If you need 9 1/2 hours of sleep per night to be healthy, you have to focus. Ultimately, whether or not you add self-care to the list of anti-aging hacks will determine how well you fight the aging process.

We all need self-care, but it changes over time

What we needed for self-care a year ago may not be what we need today. As our situations change over time, so does the sort and frequency of self-care we need today. Be sure to stay tuned to what you need to care for yourself and make any shifts or adjustments along the way. It is reasonable to expect that what you need changes and how you get your self-care fill will change.

We all need self-care, and so does your family

People resist self-care because it feels indulgent and selfish. One of the easiest ways to make space for guilt-free self-care is to make it a priority for your whole family. When you model the importance of self-care and empower others to take it for themselves, it becomes normalized. People feel more relaxed and supported, and that promotes aging well and living a stress-less lifestyle.

You can fight aging by eating right and drinking plenty of water, but you add to the richness of life by making self-care a regular part of your routine. Take the time to care for yourself, and it will reflect in your happiness and the longevity of your life.

Until the next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.

How the Lack of Self Care Can Lead to an Unhappy Life

Photo by Madison Inouye on Pexels.com

Self-care often is perceived as a luxury, but did you know it can lead to a longer, happier life? Without self-care, you are likely to end up feeling stressed, tired, and generally unhappy.

Here, we’ll look at how a lack of self-care can lead to an unhappy life. You will also learn some of the signs to watch out for, so you need more self-care in your life.

You will feel stressed and exhausted

When you are not taking care of yourself, you will often feel stressed and exhausted. It, in turn, can lead to burnout and a feeling of resentment. For example, it could be that you are exhausted from taking care of everyone else’s needs. Over time, if you do not factor in self-care, you could end up resenting your loved ones.

When you are always exhausted and stressed out, it’s impossible to maintain a positive outlook. Self-care helps to combat stress, and it also boosts your energy levels.

Personal hygiene suffers

A side effect of not following a self-care routine is that your hygiene could suffer. It is especially true for those experiencing depression. When you are depressed or low, self-care is the last thing on your mind. In severe cases, you could spend days in bed, failing to do even basic self-care tasks such as taking a shower or brushing your teeth.

The trouble is, failing to take care of yourself leads you to feel even worse. So, maintaining self-care is crucial for your mental health and personal hygiene.

You will seek unhealthy enjoyment

Another thing that tends to happen when you lack self-care is you will seek unhealthy enjoyment. It could be overindulging in junk food because it makes you feel better. Or you could turn to alcohol or drugs to escape.

When you start turning to unhealthy habits for comfort, it is going to lead to additional issues. You will also feel unhappier, mainly if you drink in excess. Alcohol is a depressant that can leave you feeling a lot worse than you started.

Weight gain

Many people who don’t take care of themselves experience some level of weight gain. The more weight you gain, the unhappier you are going to be. It can be challenging to lose weight, so focus on self-care to avoid this potential challenge.

You never feel good enough

Self-care is something you do because you are worth it. Therefore, if you fail to take care of yourself, you can feel like you are never good enough. As you are always tired and juggling life’s responsibilities, you may feel like you are a failure or do not measure up to others.

These are just some of the things that can happen when you do not follow a self-care routine. The effects can be severe, causing you to lead an unhappy and unfulfilled life. So, if you are looking to lead a happier life, now is the time to start focusing on your needs and making self-care a priority.

That is it for now! Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith. 

5 Ways to Add Self-Care into a Busy Day

Where do you fit into your day?

If you are like most people, you are pretty busy. You are already dealing with work, relationships, and a whole lot of day-to-day actions. You are running in every direction at once. How in the world are you supposed to fit self-care into a day like that?

Thankfully, it is easier than you think. Try these five ways to add self-care into your busy day.

Ask Some Important Questions

Self-care is not always about over-indulging yourself. Frankly, at its core, self-care is more practical than you might think. You start by asking yourself what you need right now. Meeting these basic needs should be at the center of self-care.

Map it Out

Self-care is never going to happen. Unless you are intentional, you will never make time for it. By using your calendar and scheduling time for yourself, you are more likely to meet your basic needs. Start small by building in the habits which will help you the most. You can begin by adding regular exercise date several days a week or making a meal plan to help you eat healthier. As you achieve one goal, add in another. The key is not to overwhelm yourself all at once.

Figure Out What Comes First

How are you when it comes to priorities? If you are like most people, just deciding where to begin can be difficult. Here you need to figure out the difference between essential and urgent. If you have a vital project, but not a critical project, you can add it to your schedule. If something is urgent and not necessary, give it to someone else to do. But if something is urgent and important, do this first.

Learn to Say “No”

You should never feel like you have to say “yes” to everything. Sometimes the best form of self-care is learning how to say “no.” By setting definite boundaries, you protect yourself from activities that will only leave you drained and give you no benefit at all.

Do the Small Stuff

We think the little things do not matter, but they do. By ensuring you take care of the basics, such as making sure you get enough sleep, practicing good hygiene, eating right, and exercising, you will keep your body in tiptop form. These things also have a tangible impact on your mental health.

When we get busy, we tend to forget all of these things so quickly. When you are making an effort to take care of yourself, you have to be intentional in what you do. Remembering these five tips will go a long way toward keeping you healthy and happy no matter how busy you get.

Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.