September is finally here, and that means autumn is on its way. When I think of September, I am reminded of pleasant, cozy sweater weather, color-changing leaves, and pumpkin-flavored and -scented everything. All of these also remind me of self-care.
September is self-care awareness month. Practicing self-care daily is beneficial to one’s mental and spiritual health, but it is so often neglected. With busy schedules full of balancing school, work, and home life, it can be hard to find the time or the activity that helps us practice good self-care.
What is self-care? Well, I like to define self-care as an act of kindness to yourself, participating in an activity that focuses on you and your well being. Activities of self-care help you to de-stress, relax, and be aware of your feelings in the moment.
I am an early riser because I like to practice my self-care routine in the wee hours of the morning when everyone is still asleep. As someone who practices mindfulness meditation, I like to take at least ten minutes in the morning to sit on my bed and using a mindfulness app (called Mindfulness), I listen to a guided meditation session and focus on my breath.
My morning self-care routine also consists of journaling, exercise, and doing the things I like to do (i.e., writing, reading, drawing) before my workday starts. Simply taking the time to focus on myself and my needs has really helped me feel good about myself.
September is the month to introduce self-care into your daily routine. Start by doing an activity that helps you focus on yourself, in the moment. Whether it’s a stroll in the park or a bubble bath or a meditation session, focus on you in a guilt-free, self-caring way.
Georgia I. Salvaryn is a graduate student at Rowan University, pursuing a master's in writing. She earned her bachelor's degree from Montclair State University in Journalism, with a minor in Chinese studies. Georgia is a writer and content manager for ink. From full-of-facts investigative journalism pieces to fluffy and fun feature pieces, her writing range reaches across multiple genres. In her spare time, Georgia dabbles in photography, enjoys drawing pen-and-ink art, and attempts to complete New York Times crossword puzzles. You can browse her articles and photos on her website at georgiaisalvaryn.com.