Your Mental Health and Self-Care

I miss the good old days. By good old days, I mean the days when I took showers, daily. I used to take good care of myself.

What happened? Probably, a mix of responsibilities, depression, stress, and children.  Oh, and laziness. I know depression is probably the main culprit, though. Sometimes, I go a few days without a shower. I even go a week without washing my hair, if it’s a bad week.

Some people think it’s disgusting or unhygienic, but really, its quite common. I know several people who skip a day or two of their normal hygiene routine because of depression or even anxiety.

What bother’s me, though, is people can be sympathetic to those who have a physical illness, like the flu or are just really sick, but those same people will look upon a depressed person with disgust for not taking better care of themselves.

Having depression is draining and it doesn’t mean we don’t want to take care of our bodies, we just turn away from anything that we feel like we have to do. Washing our hair every day seems like enough of a hassle. Especially, with some media telling us that its necessary to scrub and primp, daily. It makes us feel worse, right?

Don’t get me wrong, self-care is important. It is important to our health and even our confidence, believe it or not.

I read in a magazine that you’re not really supposed to shower every day. It can mess with your pH levels and yadda yadda. I don’t wash my hair every day, even if I’m having good weeks. If I do, it makes it stringy and it easily breaks.

The beauty gurus believe wearing make-up is considered self-care. I think it can be, but I also think there are two different types of self-care.

The first is necessary hygiene. Like, bathing, brushing your teeth, taking care of your health, etc. You know, things that keep germs away.

The second is things like make-up, keeping your hair fixed, painting your nails, and all of that.

We already may not wear make up or do anything from a beauty routine all the time, and that is okay. It is best to focus on our hygiene, first. It’s okay if you’ve been down and unable to take a shower. Just think how great it’s going to feel when the water rolls over your body and soul! I like boiling hot showers, myself. When I can get the kids to follow Dillon around, I like to stay in there a few more minutes than usual.

So, what can you do if you can’t find the energy to look after your body?

Remember to take baby steps, if it will help. Plan a routine by writing down what you want to do during the day. You don’t have to start out all crazy by including exercise, eating healthier, make up, styling your hair, and doing everything the first day. Maybe, just start with the basics. Take a nice bath, brush your teeth, and get a good night’s rest to start.

Taking care of your body and mind is so important to your health. Though you don’t groom yourself daily, it’s okay. It’s understandable that you have so much on your mind or responsibilities you need to take care of. Take a deep breath and remember that you can’t make other things a priority until you make your well-being a priority.

I think I’ll shave my legs for the first time in six months. Summer is here, after all.

Love you!
-Courtney

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