Why Self-Care Is So Damn Important

“You can’t pour from an empty cup.”  Best. Quote. Ever.

We’ve all been there.  You’re drowning in work; drowning in your daily responsibilities; drowning in your thoughts.  Just…drowning, or at least that’s what it feels like sometimes.  Seems like day in and day out, you’re constantly in a state of giving – and everyone else – well, they’re just f*cking taking. And deep down inside you’re all like, WTF DO YOU WANT FROM ME.  Ok that might be a little extreme, but you know what I mean. You’re taking care of everyone else , but at the end of the day you’re left feeling, well, pretty empty and drained.

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When the pressures of everyday life start to overwhelm me, I take a step back to re-focus – focus on me, my ambitions, my inspirations, my everything.  And one of the best ways I can do this is, is spending time alone with no distractions.  Not that people aren’t annoying AF awesome to hang out with, but sometimes you just need to be alone to sort things out. In efforts to do this, sometimes I’ll just grab my camera and metro card, roam the city and take pictures of all the things that inspire me.

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On one of my many strolls, I ran across these beauties and thought I’d share.

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Not sure what you guys normally do to de-stress, but here are a few tips that might help.

1 – Listen to some music

Music always has a calming effect on your body – slowing down the heart rate and decreasing your stress hormone levels.  So go’on and bump that #Lemonade when you get home – I know you’ve been dying to. 🍋🍋🍋

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This kid is ALL of us, btw.

2 – Take a walk

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Not only does walking increase endorphins, which makes you feel better and reduces stress, it also helps clear your mind.  You just might find that a scenic stroll around the neighborhood can be quite therapeutic.

3 – Buy yourself a plant

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Studies actually show that being among plants help to relieve anxiety. I’m talking about actually taking care of plants though, guys, not smoking them. Nonetheless, there’s no judgement here.

4 – Sip on some wine (responsibly tho, y’all)

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Per, David L. Katz, M.D., founding Director of Yale University’s Prevention Reach, drinking wine can have a calming effect on your body.  It basically acts as a sedative, which is why you get sleepy AF after a couple of glasses.  However, don’t get too carried away as drinking too much can have the opposite effect and can alter your sleep.

5 – Disconnect from all electronics (I promise you’ll survive without Instagram)

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It’s actually been found that a high use of technology is associated with a lack sleep, fatigue, stress and even depression. Sh*t throws off our circadian rhythm, and you know we can’t be out here off beat. #circadianrhythmalwaysonbeat 👏🏾💃🏾👏🏾💃🏾

Anyway, I hope this helps get you back on track!

xoxo💋,

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Sources:  huffingtonpost, today, psychologytoday,webmd, giphy

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