For as long as I can remember I have had feelings of sadness, separation, anxiousness, and just feeling too God damn overwhelmed with being alive. Hear me out. I am not branded with a mental illness nor am I an ambassador for my friends with mental illnesses. But I can't help feel like I am almost always sad or pretending not to be.
We hear it all of the time and see it all over social media: "Take care of yourself! Take some time out for you! #SelfCareSelfie"... But what does it all mean? Simply put, "self-care" is anything you do specifically to take care of your physical, emotional, or mental health and well-being. Since many people have summer vacation time coming up, taking some of that time out to practice self-care is a must, especially after a stressful school year or a year of work. But what are the best self-care practices? How do you get started? Is there any way to practice self-care that won't break the bank? There are three easy, effective things that you can start to work on right now in order to practice self-care, even if most of your summer is going to be spent at work or in school.
In recent times the fitness world has experienced a cataclysmic boom in the number of people delving into it. Being healthy has become (almost) the cool thing to do—with people taking very different approaches. From juice cleanses to fad-dieting, so many people get hung up over the intricate details of food that they end up failing in their ultimate goals.
For 8 years I've been depressed, attempted suicide 6 times, lost my faith, and constantly neglected myself. It started with the bullying. I was a nice girl, too nice. Stood on my tippy toes, cheered, sucked my thumb, sang proudly, and enjoyed learning. Apparently, that made me an easy target. Kids would hide my belongings from me, call me names that, to this day, I still don't know what it means, pull my hair, etc. Nobody ever helped me. I didn't have that really kind and brave student that would stand up for me like in the movies, and I was too ashamed to tell teachers.