Of course there is always a new holiday floating around. We have National Best Friend Day. There is National Ice Cream Day and to my surprise yesterday was International Self-Care Day. I’ll be honest; I had no idea this day even existed. But of course I saw it floating around on social media and thought to myself this is super cool! Without even trying, I realized yesterday I did a lot of self-care things that made me feel amazing and wanted to share. Here’s what I did on International Self-Care Day.
International Self-Care Day July 24, 2018
“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”
Had A Meaningful Conversation
If you know anything about people whose zodiac sign is a Cancer, you know we hate confrontation. We would much rather keep the peace and have everyone singing kumbaya (or possibly that is just me!). Unfortunately, this does not help and ultimately causes more harm than good. For 2 days I avoided having a difficult conversation with a friend because I did not want to cause any unnecessary drama. However, this ended up causing me to stress over the situation even more and put me into a funk for those two days. After thinking about the best way to approach the topic, I finally put my big girl panties on, made the phone call and expressed all of my feelings.
The result: it was the best conversation ever! I had to get out of my own head and actually have a CONVERSATION – you know those things people had before text messages? Having a meaningful conversation allowed me to reduce all the heavy thoughts that were on my mind and reduced my stress level. Tip: Most things are lost in translation via text. Pick up the phone and have a real conversation.
Stopped Agonizing About Social Media
The second international self-care day thing I did was stopped agonizing over social media! Right before I went to bed on July 23rd I read a quote that said: “Your following doesn’t determine your value”. And while I knew this of course sometimes I get into the comparison game. As a blogger & influencer, a lot of opportunities we receive are due to our social media following numbers and engagement percentages. I was also self-conscious because I’m launching a Social Media Course for small businesses and online brands and thought people would look at me crazy if everything I posted online didn’t get a million or so likes.
I finally had to stop with the negative thinking and remember that social media is just a tool. It does not determine how successful one person is or will be. I also had to remember to spend less time on social media worrying about what other people are doing and focus on being productive in my own space. Self-care isn’t always about days at the spa, but sometimes just really getting yourself in check!
The last thing I did on International Self-Care Day was worked out! For the past month, I’ve been slowly recovering from a knee injury that left me not able to dance or do any other high-intensity exercises. And while I was sad I couldn’t dance, also became a tad lazy over the past month. So I stopped making excuses that I couldn’t work out at ALL, and signed up for a low-impact full body workout at my gym Grit Fitness. It’s true what they say about endorphins because following the workout I felt good, my mind was clear and I was ready to take on the rest of my day!
Did you do anything for International Self-Care Day? Did you even know it was a thing? Comment and let me know!
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