Self-Care Tips for your Mental Heath

I have struggled for years with anxiety and depression, and one of the things I’ve learned along the journey is just how important self-care truly is. When you hear “self-care” you may have a negative view or you may not. This has become a hot topic phrase and over time has led to some negative stigmas about what it actually means.

Self-care is defined as “the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health; the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress”. It does not just mean pedicures and spa days, although these are great forms of self-care for some people. When you have any sort of mental illness, day to day self-care is important in both maintaining and improving your overall well-being. For me, this means less anxiety (or responding to it more proactively) and decreased risk of a depressive episode.

Outdoor Shooting Range | Fort Dix, NJ

One of the things my dad loves is range shooting. Back in the Philippines he used to be a member of a tactical shooter’s club in Tarlac City, Philippines. I honestly can’t remember what year he joined in, but I do remember seeing pictures of them at the club and also my older sister trying to shoot.

Amazing Drive Thru Pumpkin Carve | Hopewell NJ

Originally drafted and written: 10/08/2020

When this pandemic started, most outdoor activities were limited. Some states started doing drive in movies, church and so on. And since the pandemic, I caved in and spent time at home. I still go to work but other than that, I go straight back home. I honestly don’t know what the mall looks like now and I don’t even know when’s the last time we were at the mall.

AtHome: Packing + Minor Renovations

This won’t be a series, but I just wanted to write something for me to remember. This is a milestone on our life and our 2020.

Right after we closed our deal, we weren’t able to enjoy our home for the next three days: the seller wasn’t really moved out and were still waiting for the home they were also purchasing. So couple days is still okay for us.