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Intro to My Self-Care Journey

As a woman and young mom living in today’s society, self-care and self-preservation is not just a preference but a necessity. You have the whole world telling you who to be, what to do or not do, how to look/think/feel, and their reasoning on why you should be that way. And since we were babies we have been preconditioned to be people pleasers and to try to not upset those around us, but especially those in a caregiver or “boss” role. (i.e. Parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles, teachers, your boss at work, and any adult in an authoritative role, really.)

Naples Botanical Garden is one of the most peaceful and equally beautiful places to find your center.

With all of this info constantly being crammed in our heads year after year, day after day, it’s no wonder that people are running into burnouts and developing all sorts of anxiety disorders, depression, or just plain lack of self confidence. Studies show that anxiety disorders are much more prevalent in women than in men. (NIMH,2017). In 2020, there were reported more than 40 million adults with an anxiety disorder in the US. (ADAA,2020) While all of these authoritative figures probably nagged you with this info with the best of intentions, they had no idea the type of harm they were causing to your authentic self. Breaking away from this to find your authentic self and embrace every bit of it takes a great amount of courage and resilience. 

Although, some cases might be more severe than others, I’ve tested and proven on myself that simple habits of self care and self love can slowly but surely help you find your authentic voice, and boost your self confidence to new heights. In 2013, I began to seek help and therapy for a traumatic event that happened in my life the year before. (Book coming soon) I was diagnosed with severe depression, anxiety disorder, and PTSD that frequently led to panic attacks. There were many tests, drugs taken (prescribed), treatment plans given, but they all seemed to lead me back to where I started, and some making the situation worse! In a moment of lucidity, I realized how seeing me like this affected my daughter who was about to turn 3 years old at the time. I knew I had to take matters into my own hands if I wanted to stay present in her life and give her the life she deserves. I cold turkey stopped all of my medication, and immediately went to research on how to naturally heal yourself from all of these awful disorders. Holistic medicine seemed to be pretty popular, but it was not something that was up my alley. I finally stumbled on a psychologist’s study that showed massive improvements through self care practices. This was everything I needed to see! I fell in love and got right to work!

 Many self care practices that I fell in love with took quite some time out of my days, or cost quite a bit of money which I was wiped clean of at the time. So I decided to start small and at home if possible. Luckily for me, most of the self care I was going to do from then on was based from home! There are multiple types of self care, and for every possible issue you may have. And while I always believe it is extremely important to target specific issues with specific resolutions, there is a self care staple that I believe is the gateway to all other practices and can do quite a bit of healing itself, if practiced correctly and consistently. It is a very simple formula to follow, and all that is required is the desire to change and be the best version of yourself, and of course, the big “D” word; Dedication! Yes, dedication is a big word, and sounds like another responsibility to add to your plate. But I promise, the last thing you’ll feel after implementing these is more stress. In fact, even recently I picked these practices back up after letting them go for a few years, and just after the first time I felt like a huge weight was lifted off of my shoulders, and I could breathe again, and I felt so alive! Even my posture improved! 

My morning walks in Riverside Park were most treasured!

  As it is commonly known, success and happiness always begin and end with you! And if you want to be there for your family and friends, and most importantly you, it’s time you take a closer look at how you’re treating yourself. Re evaluate if the extra 15-30 minutes a day is really worth it. You won’t regret it!

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