The Importance of Taking Time For Myself
Happy Monday! Today I thought I would do a different kind of post and get a bit personal by discussing the importance of taking time for myself. If you have noticed recently, I have taken some time off from social media. It wasn’t planned but I have been focused and putting all my time with my family right now. It’s kind of consumed me and it’s showing how drained I am. I wanted to share in this post a few updates of what’s going on, some tips on how I’ve been trying to improve my self-care and of course the importance of taking time for myself. So keep reading for a bit of a lifestyle post about what I’ve been up to.
I guess should give an update about what I’ve been up to. So I have been quite busy in my persona life and that’;s because my parents have moved back in with me temporarily. My dad has been staying with me since April. Both him and my mom were supposed to visit me for my birthday in April and head back to Manila in June. Well my dad needed some health check ups and he has better insurance here so he extended his stay and has been living with me in West Hollywood. It’s been fun and he has been taking my pictures for the blog and Instagram as well as hanging out with me. Recently my mom too needed some medical work done here in the US. She had a heart attack in Manila at the first of September and recovered enough to fly here to LA and ended up having another big heart attack 1 day after she arrived. So things have been pretty hectic for me. She got a heart procedure done and was in the hospital for almost 2 weeks and now she is in a rehab facility for physical therapy to get her straight back. With that means I have been out of the house for the last 3 weeks. I feel like I live in a hospital with going to one hospital for my mom to visit her and another hospital in West LA for my dad’s doctor’s appointment. It’s been a rough couple of months for me so I had to explain my absence on social media.
Thankfully, my mom is getting better day by day. My dad and I visit her everyday but it has been very draining on me and inspired this blog post. I am very grateful to have both my parents still with me and it’s a privilege to take care of them after they have taken care of me but at the end of the day I need to reboot and relax. So I wanted to let this blog post be a reminder that you should take some time for you as well and don’t get consumed with everything going on. You can get through it.
Tips I’ve Been Doing For Myself
Take 15 minutes for myself in the evening
Every night when I get home, I make sure to just have an hour to myself before I need to tackle the house work like making dinner and cleaning the house. I just sit in my room for about 15 minutes in complete silence and just relax my mind. It has helped me so much and that quiet time just lets me unwind.
Do something that makes me happy
I have been shopping quite a bit recently and it makes me happy. Retail therapy has definitely been getting me through while my mom actually goes through physical therapy. I have a haul coming soon so stay tuned. I spend the evening to myself watching my fave tv show or just catching up on Youtube as well.
Spend an hour writing
I just started this and it has really helped. I let me creativity flow and just write what is on my mind. Sometimes it’s journaling, sometimes it’s a blog post for the week or a short story to get me hyped if I want to do Nanowrimo next month. I just like getting to sit and write and feels nice.
Incorporate some normal into my routine
After what I have been through, I have been trying to get my normal routine back or try to get back into it more like it. I actually did a few blog posts while I was staying at the hospital. I shot, edited and wrote this blog post here and here in the hospital room. I took a week off to process everything but then I felt like I need to get back into so I got those up. I’m slowly getting back into everything and will be posting hopefully a lot more here on the blog and on all my social medias.
Eating my favorite foods
Last is kind of bad one but I love to eat my fave foods and not so healthy ones when I’m going through something. I haven’t been too bad but I have eaten a few more unhealthy things then I’ve wanted too. Also eating hospital for for a week straight wasn’t too fun so getting to cook my faves really helped me feel me again.
That was my take on the importance of taking time for myself! That was quite a heavy and loaded post but as I said writing has gotten me through. I wanted this to be a bit of a journal entry and just let me feelings out to you. It was quite nice getting to write this all out though. I know I don’t share too many personal things on the blog as I have always tried to keep this a happy and positive place but I wanted to share this. There are other personal details I could have brought up but I do keep some things private. Taking a little break really helped my mental health and I hope this is a reminder to do the same even if you aren’t going through the same things I am.
I wanted to get a blog post up for today and didn’t take too many pictures so the top and bottom was from yesterday since I felt cute and liked my outfit which the top is my go to fall essential here and I linked similar active leggings here. The middle two were from a doctor’s appointment for my dad and again I liked my outfit so I had him snap a picture when we were done. I don’t know if they are going up on my Instagram so I thought I would share here. As I said, I’m trying to get back to normal posting so hopefully there will be more fall content here on the blog. So I hope you look forward to that and didn’t mind this post today as I think the importance of taking time for myself was a great topic to discuss especially when we should be more focused on our mental health. Let me know what you’ve been up to and any tips on how you do your own self-care they would be gladly appreciated!