A guide to self-care

The self-care/love yourself slogans are annoyingly cringe and repetitive, but ultimately it’s extremely important. Most people don’t realize the long term damage that not taking care of themselves can do. 

Obviously, hygiene is crucial. Look good, feel good! Taking a shower everyday, brushing your teeth twice a day, washing your face, moisturizing, wearing deodorant/spritzing a favorite perfume, washing your hair to fit it’s needs (whether that be everyday or a couple times a week, everyone is different) are all ways to stay clean. 

Makeup and expensive clothes aren’t needed, but wearing clothes you feel comfortable and confident in can make each day a little easier. Keep your hair neat, or try new hairstyles to spice things up. 

Another important aspect to consider is making sure your sheets are clean. Washing your sheets and pillowcases every one to two weeks is a good rule to have as they collect dirt, sweat, and bacteria that can cause acne and odor. Same goes for laundry and keeping your clothes clean.

Though it’s tempting to eat bad food constantly and it may taste better, eating clean and making sure you’re including all the food groups is vital for your overall health. It can also prevent issues later on in life. Staying hydrated is also a key component to health. Drinking at least eight glasses of water a day can help metabolism, acne, mood, motivation and SO much more. Exercising at least three times a week has shown to have many benefits, as most know. 

There are a few extra steps you can do to make yourself feel better about yourself, they’re not needed but can make you feel extra special about yourself. Meditation, journaling, yoga, taking up a therapeutic hobby, hiking, even listening to music can help you feel relaxed and channel negative energy out of your mind. 

It’s very easy to get overwhelmed with school, work, friends, etc. The stress does no good for anyone. Planning things out in detail can help reduce stress and anxiety, and taking break days is always okay. Mental health is always more important than any deadline. 

An overlooked way to have a peaceful life is cutting out people who make you feel bad or have done you wrong is an AMAZING way to improve your life. If someone is making you feel bad about yourself or is wishing you the worst constantly, you’ll be better off without them. You’ll see your life change tremendously for the better after cutting them off. 

Minding your own and keeping private business off social media is a great tactic to practice, keep your peace and try not to blow up on people, this all may take a bit to learn, but it matures a person so much.