Self-care isn’t selfish. This is a new mantra that I have learned, and have learned to live by recently. I’ve always known that self-care was important, but it’s not something that I’ve always been good at. Just recently, I’ve been working on a project that I am immensely passionate about, and it has taught me just how important self-care is.
Self-care isn't selfish
I have noticed that a lot of people with IBS care a lot. A lot of us have generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), and worry about others, and what others think about us, or if we said the right thing, or offended someone in a conversation. Sound familiar? We care so much about others, but often times we fall short in caring for ourselves. I have found recently that it is extremely important to invest in things and experiences that highlight self-care when you are planning out your IBS remedy. In the past few months that I have decided to put self-care as a top priority, I have noticed that my IBS symptoms have improved dramatically. I’m terrible at relaxing, much like a lot of people with GAD, and therefore, IBS. I have found that investing in products that make it fun and easy to relax and remind me to relax, I have been able to not only improve my IBS symptoms, but I also have a more positive outlook on life in general.
Products for self-care
Herbal teas, soothing bath products, organic beauty products, pick me up products, meditative products, and the list goes on. All of these types of products, when you invest in them, make you more likely to use them, and when you do, you improve your life! When we take the time to put ourselves first, including our health and self-care routine, and realize that it’s not selfish to take care of us, amazing things start to happen. We can take care of others better when we have taken care of ourselves. It’s truly a win-win for everyone in our lives, most importantly, ourselves.
Do you have a hard time sitting still? Do you find it difficult to relax? If you answered yes to these two questions, this article is probably relatable to you. If you answered yes to these two questions, you would probably agree that you could improve upon your self-care routine. I challenge you to put your self-care first. As IBS sufferers, we have a lot more to plan than the average person when we do anything, especially socializing. We have to worry about what dishes we will either provide or bring for a party, not to mention all the typical hustle and bustle of a social gathering and life in general. I ask you to try to take time for yourself. Steep some herbal peppermint tea, hop in the bath with a bath bomb, listen to guided meditation on YouTube, or a good book, and light a few candles. Commit to a healthy skin care routine that makes you feel good about yourself. Purchase something with a positive mantra that makes you smile daily. Do all of these things, and see your IBS symptoms improve. It’s helped me over the past few months, and I’m sure it would do your body good, too! Here’s to IBSelf Care, and adopting the mantra that self-care isn’t selfish!
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