Happy World Mental Health Day! For those of you who didn’t know, today, October 10th, is World Mental Health Day. The World Health Organization declared that October 10th (10/10) to be the day for raising awareness of mental health issues around the world. So to honor Mental Health Day 2019, Meds Biotech is promoting the importance of self-care and how it benefits your mental health.

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What is Self-Care?

I was something of a self-care novice up until two years ago. Sure, I would occasionally treat myself to a donut when I was feeling down, or I would schedule a manicure, but that’s all that my self-care routine was: scheduled self-maintenance or indulging in decadent treats that my waistline didn’t really need, but my brain certainly craved. I thought that self-care was a selfish act, that taking time to take care of myself meant that I was indulgent and inconsiderate. Turns out, I was dead wrong.

What happened two years ago, you may ask? I broke up with myself. I was tired of feeling tired all of the time — tired of feeling like I wasn’t cared for or self-appreciated. I decided it was time to care for myself again. I remember thinking: but I do care for myself! I feed myself, my house is clean, I have a wardrobe full of clothes that I love, way too many shoes, but still. I’m cared for, I thought. Turns out, caring for yourself and self-care are two very different things.

Self-care is any activity you deliberately undertake in order to care for your mental, emotional, and physical health. Sounds simple enough, right? Simple enough to completely overlook. Good self-care, effective self-care, is meant to improve your mood and reduce your anxiety. 

Some examples of self-care: spending an hour alone doing something that makes you happy, like crazy dancing in your living room or going for a walk to look at all of the beautiful fall foliage. Learning to do something new, taking time to take a quick nap, or giving yourself a high-five when you do something awesome. 

Implementing small acts of self-care can help you feel healthier and happier, which, who doesn’t want to feel that way? Maybe the Grinch before he found the true meaning of Christmas, or Oscar the Grouch, but those are really the only two people I can think of, and they’re fictional characters.

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Squeaky clean self-care

One sure-fire way to indulge in some self-care is to transform daily tasks into self-care routines. Take bathing, for example. We all need to shower, so why not take a few extra minutes at the end of the day, and enjoy a relaxing bath. To make it self-care, set the scene. Low lighting is key. Light dimmers are great, or twinkle lights, candles if you’re feeling a bit romantic or want to save money on your energy bill. Put on some music that you enjoy relaxing to, a podcast, or an audiobook. Something that you can just sit back, relax, and enjoy.

Time for the tub. Put the water at the perfect temperature for you. I personally like the water to be warm, not boil-a-lobster hot, but to each their own. Once the tub is nearly halfway full, I drop a Meds Biotech CBD Bath Bomb in the water. If you’ve never indulged in a bath bomb, now is the time. They fizz, they smell amazing, the Meds Biotech Bath Bombs have 100 mg of CBD in them, and did I mention that they fizz in the bathwater? My personal favorite is the Warm Vanilla Sugar Bath Bomb. It smells like marshmallows taking a bath in melted caramel; perfect for a chilly fall evening.

Treat yourself to a treat

One part of self-care that I can really get behind is treating yourself to the occasional treat. Now, this is not the “I had a bad day, I’m treating myself to a bottle — I mean, a glass — of wine” type treat. This is a: I’m going to eat this tasty treat and really enjoy it. “I’m going to savor the stuffing out of this treat and take my time eating it” type treat. You can enjoy this treat in a lot of ways. You could bake yourself a delicious batch of cookies, maybe let yourself have a spoonful of batter along the way. Or, you could get some tasty Thai takeout and treat yourself to a self-date night in.

I like to indulge in the occasional sweet treat. One of my favorite things about going to the movies is going to the concession kiosk and filling up that small white bag with candy. Specifically: sour gummies. I’m simultaneously drooling and puckering my lips as I type this. The good news: I don’t have to wait to go to the movies to have the occasional sour gummy treat. Meds Biotech Gummies - CBD Infused Sour Bears are a wonderful way to work in some consumable CBD made from organic hemp into your self-care routine.

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I think I’ll take the scenic route

A great self-care routine is going for a walk. Take a scenic route around the neighborhood, or go for a hike around the local reservoir. Just put on your walking shoes and head on outside, see where the wind takes you. If walking isn’t really your thing, go for a bike ride. Sign up for a gym class that you might not ordinarily take. Do something fun and physical. The trick that makes it self-care? Don’t do this physical undertaking with the thought that you are doing it simply to burn excess calories. Do it for the pure enjoyment of it. That way, you’re doing something fun … and let’s be honest, you’re probably burning a few calories, too.

After the walk, fun run, or barre class, you might experience a few aches and pains. No one said that self-care would be easy. If you’re feeling that Pilates class, try Biotech CBD Creams. These CBD Oil Biotech creams are topical lotions, which use 100 percent natural CBD hemp oil. The creams range in CBD strength from 250 mg to 1500 mg. 

Scheduling self-care for Mental Health Day

So now that you have a self-care tip list, set some time aside on Mental Health Day to do something just for you. Do something that is not on your chore list or your to-do list! Take a long bath, or a shower, de-clutter your closet, take a yoga class, hug a dog — so long as it’s friendly, not foaming at the mouth, and you get permission from the owner if it’s not your pet — or cook an Instagram-able brunch. Don’t confine yourself to just one day of self-care. Be sure to treat yourself often — you deserve it! So go ahead, be decadent, be indulgent, and take care of yourself. It is Mental Health Day, after all, and we have to start self-care somewhere.