Self Care for Teens: The Art of Caring For Yourself
Taking care of yourself is as important as doing essential things like eating food or drinking water. Perhaps that’s a little bit of a stretch, but you get the point, right? Taking care of yourself helps your mind to work better, be happier, and be less stressed. Being in school, spending time with your family and friends, or having a job can fill up your schedule. That can be a lot to handle! Also trying to keep your grades up in school? That can be really hard to do, especially if the school year is getting close to finals.
Something I’ve learned from the experience of being in these scenarios is to take time to myself and relax. When I do relax, it’s like I’m rebooting my brain as if I’ve restarted it (like how you restart your phone when it isn’t working so well) but this really does help because it’s an energy booster and can also bring inspiration if you need it.
Some ideas of things that I do when I need to take time to myself are:
- Taking a bath
- Using a face mask
- Eating some sweets or drinking something delicious
- Lay down for some rest
- Listen to music
- Draw or write
- Do things with my makeup
- Clean my room
- Organize my school bag
- Take photos just for fun
The list of things that I do aren’t necessarily things you should do. What you should do are things that make you happy, or even surround yourself with people that you love or make you happy. Now sometimes taking care of yourself takes time as well. It can also mean more than just doing something that home. This can also mean getting rid of a toxic person in your life that isn’t good for you. This can also be something like picking up a good habit or dropping a bad one as well.
When someone asks me to define self-care, it’s very hard because it can mean many different things. But I firmly believe that, all in all, it comes down to making yourself happy and making sure you’re not over-doing yourself with work or other stress.
What is your favorite way to practice self-care? Comment below!
Audreana Robertson is a 16 year old student. She loves art and being expressive. She also loves to paint, draw, and read. Her favorite subject in school (which she’s sure you could probably guess) is art class. It’s a stress reliever for her that allows her a class to do what she loves to do. Audreana also loves makeup and nails as a hobby because she gets to do different things with them and make them her very own style. Thank you, Audreana, for sharing this great post with us!
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