Or, #treatyourselfthursday and #takecareofyourselfthursday, which ever you really prefer; there just so happens to be more hashtags for Tuesday on Instagram. These simple hashtags that you see on pictures of freshly manicured nails or some legs propped up in a bath full of bubbles are so much more important than getting likes on Instagram; for some people, the represent something they have to do in order to just keep going with their lives.
I suffer from major depression. If you looked at me, you would never know it, but it’s something I struggle with everyday. A lot of it stems from growing up around people who were focused on outward beauty. I felt like I had to look a certain way, act a certain way, and like certain things for people to like me, especially guys. I didn’t realize I had a mental illness until I was having a mental break down every two weeks when I started college. Even then, I didn’t seek out help. I was so focused on making others happy that I let the things I loved slip away from me; I was to the point that if a car was in my lane, I wasn’t going to swerve out of the way.
I’ve been seeing someone for almost two years and the medication I’m on helps me eat and sleep; it helps me not slip back into what I was. I do have my bad days, and those are the days that I make myself get up. I take a shower, I do my hair and make-up, and I find something to wear that makes me feel good about myself in that very moment. I find something I really enjoy doing and I do that for a few hours to help lift my mood; if I don’t force myself to start the day, I’ll stay in my pajamas and I’ll move from the bed to the couch all day.
I believe taking care of yourself mentally is such an important thing when thinking about your inner self and beauty. Yeah, you can do your make-up and physically look beautiful, but if you look sad and feel sad, then others are going to pick up on that. My favorite things to do usually include make-up, reading, video games, and snacking, but I found a few lists on Pinterest that I want to start trying out and share with you guys!
There are so many ways to take care of yourself in a world that screams for you to think about everyone else. Don’t; Please, think about yourself and the things that make you happy. This is your life and you deserve to be happy every single minute of it. So, enjoy your day!