What does self-care mean to you? For me it means regular exercise - whether that is dancing, yoga or pilates - all the way to getting regular massages and facials and getting my nails and hair done. When I am able to do all of those things I am in a good place. I can’t do these things all the time but I commit to 3-4 things a month and that helps me sustain self-care.
How did you get into self-care/wellness? I was very stressed in college and high school and I was diagnosed with anxiety and I needed an outlet to release my stress in order to lower my anxiety. On top of that like most people with oily skin, I was prone to acne and I’d pick at my skin and it would scar and I didn’t know how to take care of it, so my parents told me to try a facial and I got one and was surprised! I knew that facials helped clean out skin and kept it healthy, but I didn’t know that they included a massage of the face, neck, shoulders, and upper chest. I didn’t realize it was going to be such a relaxing form of cleansing. So I started to get facials on a regular basis and my skin improved a lot and I loved the calming atmosphere I was in while getting my facials which helped lower my anxiety.
What are the challenges in maintaining self-care? The challenge for everyone is the cost of self-care and having enough time for it. I have a lot of clients that say they don’t have enough time, I have kids, I have work, I have other priorities, so I think that even though these are real challenges that people face it’s important to commit to 3 or 4 aspects of wellness. Obviously if you are struggling with skin care then make that a priority, if you’re struggling with a bodily injury or you’re constantly in pain then you need massage; self-care depends on the person. I just need nice relaxing yoga and meditation and I feel like a million bucks, others need an intense work out to feel like a million bucks. You have to listen to yourself and what you need to feel whole, don’t think about the cost as much as think about how you are going to feel at the end of the day. We all have bills and expenses and challenges and those things won’t get taken care of if we are not taking care of ourselves.
How do you share self-care/wellness with others? Once I got my aesthetician license I found that I really love being able to help people through skin care and facial healing, and I’m much happier doing what I love. I spent so much time being miserable at a job I hated and now I’m so happy that I get to follow my passion. Following your passion can be financially challenging at times, but I've learned that being happy is more important than money, and while I need money to survive, I love what I do so much that I refuse to give up on it.
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