Self care is a necessity after an entire week of life. It is the little things that you do for yourself that help you make it through the week with your sanity intact. Whether you took the time to listen to your favorite music while cooking, read a book, took a day trip or decided to just stay in bed…that is okay. Whatever your method for caring for yourself; it is perfectly fine as long as it works for you and doesn’t physically harm someone else. Bottled up frustration and emotions can lead to you lashing out at the people you love the most who may have nothing to do with the way you are feeling. There are times we bottle things up until we reach the “breaking point.” That’s not a good thing – in case you didn’t know. While browsing social media yesterday I came across a post that said “Places I’ve Cried.” Sometimes a good cleansing cry can get you past that anguish of whatever is weighing heavily on you. It can be like a good cleansing rain that washes away the pollen in the spring.
The post got me to thinking. Where have I cried? Does crying really make you feel better? Is it actually a form of self – care? To answer: Plenty of places, yes it does and yes it is. I am so guilty of holding things in when I should let them out and let them go, so yes I have cried I’ve cried on multiple occasions. I looked at the list the individual posted showing the places they had cried I decided to write my own list.
Where Have I Cried…
– In the shower.
– In the car.
– Doing the dishes.
– Watching a movie.
– Watching a commercial about childhood cancer.
– Sitting on my patio drinking wine.
– In the delivery room.
Bottom line, it is okay to cry. In fact, it has been proven to be healthy. It is detoxifying, it relieves pain, helps with your mood, helps you sleep better, fights bacteria, it is a stress reliever and improves vision. While crying may not be your form of self-care, and while therapeutic it is not my go to either. Find something that makes you happy, eases your anxiety and settles your fears; but know that there is nothing wrong with shedding a few tears.
“We need never be ashamed of our tears.” – Charles Dickens
How do you practice self – care?