Why Treating Yourself is Important

Treating yourself is essential for good mental health.

I’m not talking about spending $1,000 at your local makeup store, or buying $20 bath bombs. (But if that’s what you want to do, go for it!) I’m talking about taking fifteen minutes out of your day.

“But, fifteen minutes isn’t enough time to do anything.” FALSE.

Here are five things you can do each day in fifteen minutes or less to help relieve stress and improve mental health:

1. Meditate or pray.

Taking 15 minutes of silence can do a lot more than you would think. Spend time with yourself, and your thoughts. Pray for your needs. Concentrate, and just breathe.

2. Take a bath.

(If you’re not a bath person, showers are fine, too.) Make sure to use all your smell good bath products and essential oils. Putting some Lavendar in your bath is great for relaxation.

3. Do Yoga.

You don’t have to be experienced to do a Yoga routine. There are plenty of beginner videos that are great on YouTube. If you aren’t into Yoga, just take some time to stretch your muscles and relax your body.

4. Listen to music.

Music is a big part of my life. It doesn’t matter what mood I’m in, I always want to listen to music. It’s so therapeutic. I have different playlists for my different moods. It ranges from Broadway to alternative rock, and everything in between.

5. Go outside.

Fresh air and sunshine can make a big difference in your mood. Go for a walk around the block, or just soak up the sun on your deck. Take in that Vitamin D!

A lot of people think they can’t take care of themselves because they don’t have the time or money. But, it is so important to take that small amount of time out of your day to take care of yourself. You only get one body, and one mind. Make sure you treat it right!

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I have some advice for you, so listen up:

Stop apologizing for who you are. Do not be ashamed of being unique. The world has a serious shortage of originality these days. 

 You are allowed to be different.

You are allowed to have a mind of your own.

You are allowed to be happy with yourself. 

You are allowed to be you. 

Insecurity can set in and be a real downer. We have opinions being shoved down our throats from every direction on how we should look, feel, and act. Everyone wants to fit the mold. But why? 

Make your own mold. Make it unique and beautiful. Throw some glitter on it. Make your mold be set apart from all the other ones. 

Don’t worry about all the other people living the life of no originality. Let your personality shine so bright, people need sunglasses to look in your direction. 

Be fearless in what makes you happy. You only get one life to live. Don’t waste it being afraid of fitting into society’s definition of greatness. Worry about YOUR definition of greatness.

So here’s to all of you: 

The dreamers. The bookworms. The loners. The artists. The athletes. The misfits. The thinkers. The workers. The people. 

You are all your own kind of beautiful. ♡

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