self-care isn’t Just bath bombs and face masks

self-care isn’t Just bath bombs and face masks

Self-care is simpler than you think.

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What's first comes to mind when you hear the words "self-care"? If it's photos of glamorous celebrities, showing off their fluffy white robes, while wearing a face mask and holding an expensive bath bomb, you're not alone.

Recently, self-care has become so trendy that posting videos of your bath bomb dissolving into water or showing off your freaky new face mask look receives praise and increases your social media likes exponentially.

It's hard not to feel slightly deflated if you're unable to practice self-care in a way that's been so glorified and saturated all over social media. To start, self-care doesn't have to be expensive, and if the price stresses you out, it's doing the opposite of its intention. There are a lot of different ways that you can take care of yourself and are little self-care practices that you can do every day that aren't quite as glamorous or Instagramable. And that's okay.

Self-care has helped me do more than simply exist in the chaos that is NYC and life as a full-time graduate student. I want to emphasize that like many other skills, self-care is a practice and takes time to get the hang of, and therefore it is important not to be too hard on yourself while you're just starting out.

Self-care looks different for everyone. It's about nourishing yourself throughout the day—both physically and emotionally. This helps me feel less burnt out, more energized, and more able to do everything that I need to do. I often feel anxious, drained, and irritable when I haven't engaged in enough self-care. In these times, it's glaringly obvious to me that I need to make myself more of a priority and slow down, even just briefly.

As someone who struggles with mental health, it is important that I prioritize my well-being and take care of myself. I've done the "too busy to slow down, never stop, never take care of yourself" thing before, and spoiler alert-- it doesn't end well. By not actively engaging in self-care, I'm passively hurting my mental health.

There are a number of simple things I do for self-care that do wonders for me. This means remembering to take my medication every day, morning and evening, even when I'm in a rush. It means that I always make sure I'm eating consistently throughout the day and that I drink lots of water. It means that sometimes I need to say "no" to plans so that I have time to rest and recharge. It also means setting boundaries in my relationships and working on my communication with others. And sometimes, it can be as simple as taking extra time when I get home at night to take off my makeup with a face wash that smells good instead of using a makeup wipe.

I encourage you to find a self-care routine that not only feels accessible and simple to do but something that's unique to you. That could mean that you decide to spend a little extra time in the morning making yourself a cup of tea and reading or going for a run, or painting. The point is, self-care is necessary and unique to each individual person. I've noticed that my mental health has improved and I've felt happier as I engage in self-care. It takes time to find the right balance, and again, that's okay, but you'll never know what will work and make you feel great if you don't try. It's important that we take care of ourselves for all of the time that we have here in this world.

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.
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It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.


2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."


3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.


4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."


5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."


6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."


8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)


9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.


10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.


11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.


13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.


16. A glyphs means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."


18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.


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The Only Person Who Knows How To Best Love You Is You

You are so worth it!

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Something I have struggled with up until this year is realizing how much worth and value I have. For years I saw myself as unworthy and of little to no value; my self-esteem was extremely low and I struggled with depression. No matter what people told me, I still saw myself as absolutely low. I began believing that I would forever have these thoughts, believe this about myself, and see myself this way.

The beautiful thing is, the opposite has happened. What I have come to realize this year is that I am one awesome person and I am worth so much. Regardless of what anyone tells me, I know how I see myself and I know what is true about me. I know that I am going to do amazing things and continue to grow into the woman I was created to be. I know that I am beautiful, wonderful, talented, special, I have a purpose, and I have value.

To anyone reading this right now, what you are hearing in your head and all the negativity people are saying about you, those are all lies. The truth is, you are an absolutely amazing person who has a purpose. You matter and you mean something! You are worth so much more than you see yourself. You were not placed on this Earth just to take up space, you were placed on this Earth to do immeasurably great things and make such a huge difference in not only the world but the lives of those you encounter.

Something that has always helped me is leaving notes of positivity in places I will continually see them; feeding yourself with positivity about yourself is one of the most impactful things you can do. One of my current struggles is realizing that my past does not determine what I deserve now in the present; I have a note on my mirror, a note in my car, and a quote as my background on my phone that all say "You deserve happiness. You deserve peace. You deserve laughter. You deserve to love and be loved. You deserve life. Don't ever forget this." Just seeing that constantly the past few days is one of the best reminders that I deserve what I have always yearned for.

The negative thoughts of you and who you are will not always be there; you will overcome them and go on to help people struggling with the same thing just like I am doing right now. You are worth so much, have so much value, have so much potential, and have so much purpose!

"False ideas about you destroy you." Frank Shamrock

"Love only yourself a little bit longer, until you can't stand not to love someone else." Kiera Cass

"Love yourself. Forgive yourself. Be true to yourself. How you treat yourself sets the standard for how others will treat you." Steve Maraboli

"Encourage yourself, believe in yourself, and love yourself. Never doubt who you are." Stephanie Lahart

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