I wear a plethora of hats; I’m an aunt … a sister, a daughter, a babysitter, a friend, a confidant, a full-time employee … a writer, a dreamer and everything in between. At night, when I take off all those hats, I am simply, “Alana.” Sometimes, I get so caught up in taking care of others that I forget myself in process. Self-care is necessary, it’s what keeps us going, what keeps us from losing ourselves among the chaos of life. Self-care is more than going out and shopping (I mean, if I had it my way, I would do A LOT of self-care at Torrid), it’s about giving yourself a mental break!
There is no need to glamorize self-care. Sometimes, it’s the smallest things that mean so much: a bubble bath and a glass of wine, indulging in your favorite chocolates … washing your hair. We take these things for granted when sometimes, they’re little reminders that at the end of the day, you’re only human. Sometimes self-care is allowing yourself to feel, because we constantly are strong for others and never for ourselves.
Self-care is disconnecting yourself from the world for a few hours and allowing yourself to recharge; sometimes you laugh … sometimes you cry. These are the moments that we live for, the moments that are so precious, we hold them near and dear to our hearts. I’m not ashamed to say sometimes I cry; I don’t always necessarily know why, but because life isn’t meant to be perfect.
Self-care is learning that it’s more than okay to walk away from toxic situations.
Self-care is meditation.
Self-care is prayer.
Self-care is taking time for YOU.