Self-Care Diaries: The Many Ways We Take Care of Ourselves

Illustration by Ali Ballard.

You could say that 2018 was the year of self-care with endless articles and social media posts flooding the internet telling us how to take care of ourselves. We agree that self-care is super important, but we also know it looks different for everyone — what recharges one of us may not be relaxing and restorative for another. So, we’re sharing our self-care diaries to show the many ways you can indulge in your own self-love in 2019. Long live #selfcare.

Emma Kent, Multimedia Editor

“I think self-care looks different for me depending on the day. Sometimes that means knocking out some household chores I’ve been putting off and sometimes that means looking at the sink full of dirty dishes and walking away. When I’m stressed but not ready to tackle much of anything, I love to take a relaxing bath, drink a cup of hot tea and get in bed early to watch a movie or Netflix reruns. Add in a face mask and I’m in heaven. But sometimes I find it relaxing to do tasks like organizing a drawer or cabinet, cleaning out my closet, sweeping or tidying up. I’ve recently found that cooking is also a form of self-care for me. There’s something about following the steps in a recipe — chopping, salting, stirring — that helps me refocus on the task at hand, rather than stressing about all of the other things I have going on. Plus, I end up with something delicious and usually healthy to eat, so I feel like I’m taking care of my body, too.”  

Emma’s picks: Watching “Friends” or “The Great British Baking Show,” face masks, chamomile and lavender tea, getting outside to walk or run.   

Lauren Wood, Creative Director

“I am working constantly, and by constantly I mean I work full-time here at the magazine and my photography side hustle takes up most of my nights and weekends. I’m not the best about self-care, and admittedly need to make it more of a priority. I take mini mental breaks here and there. It helps taking a few seconds and taking a deep breath to refocus. I also keep a to-do list, which helps me stay on top of everything and is so satisfying to cross things off once they are completed. I really like playing games on my phone, like word or puzzle games, and reading at night before bed or listening to podcasts when I’m driving. Cuddling with my pup instantly helps me de-stress after a crazy day. My favorite way to recharge though, is spending time with good friends. Having an evening planned gives me something to look forward to all week, and it forces me to take a break from my work. Laughing and talking and listening with great company does my soul wonders.”

Lauren’s picks: Girl’s night dinner, podcasts, petting my dog.

Ellie Turner, Editor

“I spent the better part of 2018 trying to be more intentional with self-care. I had a nasty habit of saying yes to everyone except myself. Even though I was saying yes to people I love dearly, it led to me feeling drained, burnt out and unhappy. So now I try to quiet myself and determine what I need to do, what I want to do and what I can politely decline. It’s not as hard as it seems. I think I was a little self-important to think my presence would make or break the whole deal. Once you make a habit of listening to your inner self, it’s easier to understand what you need in order to be fulfilled. Sometimes it is a house full of friends sharing a meal. Other times it’s scheduling a day at home with nothing on the agenda but a movie date with my dogs and cat.”

Ellie’s picks: Reading a great book, cooking a meal, reserving a day of the month where I have nothing on the agenda, exploring a new city.

 

 

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