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Self Care is Health and Health is Wealth

Silvia


by Silvia

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Life Hacks Living in LA

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Listen, I know it is admission szn and I will get back to talking more about being first gen, but today is not the day.

Today we’re talking self-care because it is my birthday and I am self-caring all day. I turn twenty-something and normally I would be traveling for my birthday, but birthdays have looked different the last couple of years because #COVID and #GradSchool. It’s hard and stressful to keep up with both. Since starting the master’s program I have been on the “go-go-go” mindset, rarely taking time for myself, but this year I am manifesting better mental health, well-being, and happiness. I am making an effort to invest more time in myself to reset and refill my cup before hitting burnout.

So with that said, let me share with you my top self-care activities.

Watching The Beach Sunrise
This one is probably my favorite one—exceptforthewakingupearlypart—because it truly helps me ground and recenter myself. Sitting in the sand, waiting for the sun to come up, and listening to the waves gives me a sense of peace and fills me with so much gratitude.

I am very future oriented, constantly thinking about tomorrow, and TBH I hate it because it takes away from appreciating where I am at right now. You know the “I’ll be happy when” syndrome. That’s exactly what I’m referring to: I’ll be happy when ______ (I get into the master/OTD program; I pass the comp/NBCOT exam; I graduate; I get my first job…). We forget that the moment we are living in right now was once the blank we filled in. So today, I chose to be happy and embrace the fact that I am exactly where I should be.

Malibu Sunrise

A Malibu Sunrise

Beach Sunset

If you don’t make it to sunrise, there’s always sunset:)

Tips for this self-care activity:

  • Go to bed early so you actually wake up to make it to the beach for sunrise
  • Bring a book to read or do some mindful coloring
  • Grab a hot cup of coffee or tea on the way + dress cozy

Working out
Ok I love this one too—excepttheworkingoutpart—because when you look good, you feel good. I like to start and end my day with a workout. My AM workout is equivalent to a coffee lover’s first sip of coffee in the morning, it wakes my body up and gets me in a good mood. My PM workout helps wind me down after my long days. And in case you were dying to know, I am a big fan of the Apple Fitness HIIT and cycling workouts.

P.S. If you have a workout playlist, please share it.

SoulCycle

Working out is funner (yes, I know that isn’t a word) with friends; we did a cycling class at SoulCycle. Pictured: Teresa Pham, Me, Mariamme Ibrahim, Alyssa Matlosz, and Vanessa Elshamy

Tips for this self-care activity:

  • Try something new/switch it up (let me tell you, I never thought I’d love cycling)
  • Put a picture of JLO on your vision board
  • Checkout Alyssa’s Zumba class

Treating Myself
Also love this one—exceptthespendingmoneypart—because who doesn’t like to treat themselves?

I must say though, this one can be tricky because it’s really easy to get caught up in the “I deserve it” mindset. And don’t get me wrong, you absolutely do deserve it; however, treating yourself to things only every now-and-then makes them that much more satisfying. OK FINE, this is what I keep telling myself so that I stick to my 2022 budgeting goal— but is it working? Yes. At least January is off to a good start. Now, instead of getting my Vietnamese sweet coffee 3x a week, I save it for the weekend, and in stead of buying a smoothie or acai bowl after my workouts, I make one at home. #GROWTH.

(Obviously except today because it’s my birthday and I’m treating myself).

coffee treat

Teresa treating me to a true Vietnamese sweet coffee

Tips for this self-care activity:

  • Make a “treat yo self” budget
  • Remind yourself you have food/coffee at home during the week
  • We’re here for a good time not a long time; if you need to treat yourself, please do

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So in conclusion, whether it’s your birthday or not, remember to practice self-care because… self-care is health and health is wealth.

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