My Self Care is Part of my Why

Meditation is part of my self care and that is habitual to my life. In my perception, I believe meditation relieves stress from my life & somehow reveals what I don’t know yet. For example, almost every day I get a little teary-eyed after or during the meditation & I’m not sure why this is. I’ve noticed that my body shakes when I do certain meditations. Does this happen to any of you? I listen to meditations that are centered on motivation, focus, confidence, relaxation & creativity. I use the app, Insight Timer & it is very helpful. I don’t stress in the morning, however I meditate once in the morning & that prevents me from being stressed out throughout the day.

I workout my body twice each morning. Once after I meditate for 15 min & again later in the morning for 18min. I wake up before 6am every day. I don’t have an alarm to wake me up every day, it is my body clock that wakes me up so early in the morning. I usually go to bed before 9pm, however, even if I go to sleep at midnight, I’ll wake up before 7am or 6am. It is important for me to wake up early, so that I can get more done throughout the day. So, for the workouts, I do two core workouts each day. Even on the days I don’t feel like it. I have days where I only have time for one core workout, but on the weekends, I’ll do two core workouts with 2hrs apart. On the days where I have time to do one core workout, I’ll keep it to 15min. I use the app, Down Dog for my workouts.

I write in my journal every morning before I meditate. I’m trying to identify my emotions to improve my EQ, so I use the app, Daylio to do this. This one is helpful because you add notes & add a photo for each emotion that you’re feeling throughout the day. I use another app for self care & that is Journey. This is where I write my journal entries every morning. You can add hashtags to your entries & photos as well. Writing in my journal is a really good practice because it gets out everything that’s on my mind. Blogging is great, too.

I hear therapy is more mainstream, now. I’m glad that it is not so much of a stigma as it used to be. I recall when I was in my late teen years & early 20s that going to therapy was looked down on & it wasn’t good to have a therapist. That meant that something is wrong with you or you had to work on your issues. In highschool, I had a guidance counselor, but I think everyone did at the time. Some years after that, I began to see a therapist & I continue to do so. There are therapy apps. I don’t use them, since it is not for me. If it works for you, that’s great. If therapy isn’t for you, then you could find something else that works for you to manage your emotions & your mental health.

I’m currently figuring what my powerful WHY is & how I can use that to my advantage. I know I have been talking about mental health & my personal story on here & my IG (@esjaadi & @iamesjaadi). That powerful WHY could be anything. I know it has to do why I’m doing what I do. I’m an aspiring professional writer because I want to tell my story of who I am & I want to inspire others who have gone through adversity – whether it is similar to my story or not. I want them to know they’re not alone. I’m an aspiring fashion influencer because I want to present to the world my travels & my experiences in the world to show that you can take your goals to fruition despite your setbacks & your mental health difficulties. I believe it is possible & I believe it will come to life.

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