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February 18, 2021
We've been hearing this phrase a lot. Practice self care, love yourself, give yourself "me time", be mindful. But in reality, self care is so much more than just having a cup of tea or applying a face mask. It's so much more than taking 3 deep breaths. It's a complete mindset and lifestyle change. In my future self care series, I'm going to be taking on self care in four categories: physically, mentally, emotionally and environmentally.
Sometimes it's hard to differentiate these categories because they are so deeply intertwined and related, but I'm going to give it a shot. This blog series will be an experimentation on myself, but I hope that you will join me.
The more digging I do, the more I realize that my journey of self reflection is just at the beginning, and I know I'm not alone. I haven't even reached the highway yet, let alone the destination of getting to know myself and letting myself thrive as a happy positive human being.
Sometimes I may seem dramatic, but I'm going to give you nothing but honesty on this blog. So this is my project: every week I will pick an aspect of self care, talk about it, research it, apply it in my life, and hope it sticks with me. As a reader you can chose to go on this journey with me, (as uncomfortable as it may seem sometimes) or just simply observe and store it in your memory for future inspiration. I'm very excited but at the same time a little apprehensive, because I am going to expose myself in ways that I never have before.
There, I said it. I never really had a problem with confessing my anxiety disorder with other people, but I find talking about depression a little humiliating. I never imagined I would be one who has to deal with this situation. I always thought that depression was something that one could control. Ha ha... was I in for a big surprise. I now know that it is just like any other sickness, even though it is invisible to most people around me, there are physical imbalances in my body that I can not control. It's terrifying. It can sometimes feel suffocating, like there is a monster inside me with no way to let him out.
But enough with the darkness, lets talk about the light. I'm going to try hard to be positive as I work on taking care of myself. Next week is the first week. It will be categorized as physical self care. This journey is a long one... So stay with me folks.
I will also be journaling this whole experience every morning as I am sipping from my Mora mug. I think its the perfect reminder looking at my mug and knowing that Mora means "pause". So during that time I will hit pause, self reflect, and see how my progress is going. Please please please feel free to do this with me. If I can just help one person, then I know that I am doing my job.
Next week's self care challenge: Eating and drinking. This is a touchy subject, because everyone has their own opinion of what is "healthy" and what is acceptable. Wholesome foods are so important when it comes to feeling good mentally and emotionally. I will be doing lots of research and also talking about drinking enough water next week. Please stay tuned. I love you all.
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