Lately I have been revisiting the genre of poetry. While I wasn’t always drawn to poetry books, I would often write my own & held a few verses close to my heart. The captured meaning held between short verses, the ability to convey so much emotion in the web of words always moved me.
February has been a month of transition. There’s been heartbreak, there’s been growth, buds that have been blossoming, and changes afoot. Unsteady seas have made me stronger. However, it would not have been possible without the love and presence of friends. I’ve allowed myself to go through the feels, whether it was crying my heart out at 2 in the morning or journaling brief prose.
As February is self-love month, I figured we could address of aspect of self-care that I am getting better at managing. Skincare has become a priority in recent months. As I work on protecting my skin in my 20s, it’ definitely a work in progress. I try to be conscious of external factors that could be affecting my skin (think: weather, what you consume, and stress), I try to approach it with a steady mind and I completely accept there are days you skin wants a break!
I’ve focused the root of skincare to be: health, quality products for my morning + night routine, and supporting sustainable companies. I’m introducing a favorite botanical based skincare line of mine: OSEA is a luxury skincare line based out of Malibu, California. Their name reflects the company’s roots in a city by the sea, as well as curating their products with seaweeds that are responsibly sourced from the Sea of Patagonia. Their focus on algae has to do with the abundance of goodness found within: vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants and essential fatty acids. To top it off, their line of skincare is vegan, gluten-free, and certified organic!
For some, February is the themed month of love, romance, and the palette of rosy tones.
Real talk though: I think we could all use some self love. Whether it’s stress caused by our daily environment (work, school, etc.) or personal lives, (the ever-changing nature of news cycles), or simply the own expectations and ambitions we set on ourselves, sometimes you genuinely need a break. Which means putting yourself first. Which means stepping back to emotional check in with your self – mind, body, & soul.
Turthfully: bad days happen, obstacles happen, circumstances happen. Heartache happens. No matter how much we may try to prevent it, we’ll have those days or periods in our lives that will challenge us. I’ve humbly surrendered to giving myself space to feel my emotions. Instead of holding on or telling myself that nothing hurts me (lie) – I will find the time to let it go and release.
My natural state tends to be an optimistic one. I thrive off joy and helping others whenever I can. But I also thrive off self-reflection and recuperation. It’s a balance of the two, learning to be mindful of what I want & need.
But sometimes I do have bad days, those days that make me want to curl up hide or simply leave me frustrated. Or sometimes the news can be overwhelming, sad, and scary.
We can’t stop the bad days or the bad news from happening. I wish we could, but I believe in hope and recovery. Our selves come first, and here I am sharing some ways that can help you through those rough & tumble times, Remember to be kind to yourself and one another.
7 Self Care Ideas For When You Have A Bad Day
Shake it off: Move. When I have a bad day my mood goes low, I don’t feel (read: want to) do much of anything that requires energy. While its fine to allow yourself to feel & ride the waves of emotion there comes a time you want to move out of stagnancy or simply, feel better. So I move. I take myself (sometimes some headphones) and walk along my neighborhood. I challenge myself to notice what’s around me: the movement of wildlife, new flowers, the sky at that very moment. This helps me to stop focusing on why my day was bad or stop any negative thoughts from being so loud. Instead of fixating on something, I get some physical activity and time with myself.
There are studies that show walking or light exercise certainly help improve your mood + mental health
It helps stimulate your mental acuity + report better moods
An Australian study reported walking can boost physical + emotional health