Self Care September Wrap Up

I decided to make this month Self Care September. I really wanted to get a better understanding of what self care is as well as develop a self care regimen for myself. If you missed my posts about self care you can find them here, here and here.

I wanted to end the month by sharing what I did in the name of self care:

I got a full body massage.

A couple of years ago I received one of the best full body massages ever by a woman with her own salon not far from my house. Much to my dismay she moved out of state a few months later. Since then I haven’t tested the massage waters for fear that it wouldn’t possibly beat the experience I previously had. Imagine my elation when I received a email saying she was coming into town for a weekend and doing a pop up shop for massages. I quickly booked mine. It was just as magical as I remember!!!

Went on a weekend get away.

I had planned to go to Miami but Hurricane Irma was being a cockblocker. I haven’t had a real vacation since I got sick. Instead of wasting the time off, I deviated to VA Beach. I did relax and have a good time but it def wasn’t a Miami experience.

Cryotherapy appointment

Cryotherapy was amazing. I’m going to do a separate post describing my experience. But that was something different to say the least.

Mani/pedi

I tried a new salon around the corner from my house that had mixed reviews. While I wasn’t blown away by the mani/pedi there’s nothing like being girly and getting pampered.  Nuff said.

Daily Journaling

I think I’ve mentioned my bullet journal before. I decided to start something new in which every morning I write affirmations and what I am thankful for. Then in the evening I write the high or the best thing that happened to me that day and follow that up with daily reflections/thoughts and prayers. This is my place for positivity and growth. Possibly my favorite new self care item.

Took a weekend to do nothing binge watch

After my weekend trip and then going back to work, I knew I needed some down time. Not because I was extremely fatigued or felt a crisis coming. It was more preventative than reactive. So for two days I laid in bed and binge watched different Netflix shows. I didn’t really pay attention to my social media. I left my phone in another room. I simply rested. And it was glorious.

Family Time

After spending copious amount of time by myself, I felt the urge for human connection. I could have easily hit up a friend and dumb something aimless. But I needed this time to have more depth. So I drove across time and surprised my mom and little brother. We sat on the couch and watched movies. There’s nothing like that “home” feeling. Even as an adult I sometimes just need my mommy.

Gave food to a homeless man 

I went to Bojangles for lunch one day. I had only ate a french fry when I say a man in the middle of the streets with a sign asking for work. He made a motion that he was hungry. I didn’t have any cash on me, nor a job to give him. But I did have food. I quickly rolled down my window and handed him my meal. It felt good to help someone in need. Even if it was a temporary relief. Plus I probably didn’t need those bad calories anyway.

All in all, I’m proud of the progress I made. I hope to try more things and refine my regimen in the coming months. After the past 30 days I do feel more uplifted and connected. I’d love to hear about your monthly self care regimen or things you’ve tried.

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Morgan Greene is a Maryland chronic illness and holistic wellness lifestyle blogger. After years of struggling with her autoimmune disease diagnosis, Myasthenia Gravis, she decided to combine two of her favorite things…writing and informing others

IsWasWillBe.com was created to have unfiltered discussions about having a chronic illness. It has since become a place to inspire and create a sense of community among women with autoimmune diseases. Morgan loves trying new things and sharing with other spoonies how to live an ill life on their terms.

When she’s not blogging she is probably reading a book, drinking a Coke Slurpee or listening to music.

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