Some of you may already know that I've created a new deck which is currently on Kickstarter. So you may also know my story.
For those of you who do not, here it is...There are a few times in my life when I felt completely deflated, depressed, and incomplete. One of those times was about 4 years ago, when my boyfriend broke up with me. It was such a shock to me because we had planned our future together since we started dating, that it left me completely lost, confused, and depressed. I didn't know how to enjoy life anymore. I hated being so miserable. I lost my appetite and dropped 10 lb in 1 week and everyone at work not only noticed it, they were talking about it behind my back.
Long story short, I eventually had to pick myself up and force myself to enjoy life on my own. I began to do self-care activities and devote time to myself. I forced myself to go to the movies by myself and stop crying over the fact that I no longer had anyone to go with. I went to dinner by myself. I went to the beach by myself. I began to feel liberated and happier. I began to feel like I was worthy of being happy and cared for, because I was the one taking care of myself now and I no longer had to depend on someone else to do that. Eventually my heart completely mended. I was free. I was happy. I loved myself and I valued myself. I was open to love again but didn't feel that I needed it to complete me.
One year later, I became a single mom. Becoming a mom has been one of the best and most fulfilling experiences, and yet the most exhausting. I had very little help and was on mommy duty 24/7. I was depressed for months after giving birth (probably from the hormones). It took me a year to stop feeling sorry for myself and stop blaming other people for my struggle. I remembered how daily self-care has changed my life in the past and I knew it was time to start taking care of myself again. Although it was difficult with a toddler, I found ways around it once I really opened my mind up. I began to enjoy myself again. I became happier and more loving as well. I began to enjoy life as a single mom!
I created this infographic to encourage you all to try some self-care activities. Try it and let me know if you enjoyed it and what your experience was like! Do you feel you've been neglecting myself? Have you tried self-care in the past, and how has it affected you? Do you know someone who needs more self-care? Share this with them!