Kitty Gang Guide to Self Care

 

Self-care is the care of self without medical or professional consultation.

I don’t particularly agree with that statement just because it could be left open to many interpretations. What I am talking about are activities we do to take care of our mental, emotional. and physical health.

For the last 12 years of my life, I have worked a minimum of a 45-50 hours per week—sometimes juggling two or three jobs. This schedule leaves little time for the ones that I love and even less time for myself.

I used to think that self-care meant allowing myself to buy whatever I wanted; to apply a facemask; pour a stiff one and sprawl out on the couch.

I have since learned that those things are necessary at times; however, it was not taking proper care of my mental health.

I know that the people closest to me would scoff at the fact that I’m writing this article. I know I need to be better in this area of my life and these are the active steps that I am taking to take care of myself.

1. Taking a trip to the library

(yes I know this isn't a library photo..  Arthur Majer  was just too cute not to)

(yes I know this isn't a library photo.. Arthur Majer was just too cute not to)

Reading is something that I have loved doing since I was a child. At the library, I can parooze the isles and pick up any book that catches my eye, AND IT’S ALL FREE (so long as I return said books).

2. Cooking

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Even though I am no longer working in restaurant kitchens, I have found a greater appreciation in cooking for my friends and family. Usually, I’ll attempt/ put my own twist to recreate a photo or a recipe that I see online or in a magazine. Thank You Donna Hay for always inspiring me with sensational seasonal recipes.

3. Watercolour Painting

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By no means am I very good at this—but I get so much joy from this craft that I continue to practice it when I have the time or feel the urge to paint.

I really like how it indirectly forces you to practice patience. Those stunning layers of colour dont just ‘happen’.

Having to wait would normally make me crazy, but as I’ve grown older I find it much more satisfying to see the end result when executed properly.

4. Spending time with like-minded people

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This one is kind of a no-brainer, but I feel sometimes people often forget about it. Now I'm not telling you to cut all the people you know out of your life—but I do think that it is important to limit the time that you spend with people who have a negative effect on your mental health.

I also strongly suggest that you leave that person's presence and you do something that makes you and your mental state happy! (Ice-cream is usually a cure all)

5. Yoga

Yes, I am very new to this—and yes, I haven’t been practicing very often lately, AND yes that will change!!

I discovered yoga on a recent trip to Bali. I had an Eat, Pray, Love trip (I’m not even sorry). In the past, I  have pushed my body to its limits and refused to listen my own body’s signals.

Yoga has really helped me connect to myself and forces me to listen to what my body is telling me. Somehow, through the power of science (I know that's not true) it has also taught me to listen to what my emotions and mental state have been screaming at me over the years. Despite my long arms, I still am not able to touch my toes, but I can say that I am more intune with my body than I have even been in the past 28 years.


I know that some people will look at this list and not like anything that I have written down, BUT that's the beauty of it!!

This list is mine and I know that no one else will have the exact same one. I encourage you to sit down and think about what makes you happy.

The list that you create isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea, but at the end of the day, its sole purpose is to be a list that makes you happy. As long as that's happening then it's a step in the right direction.

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