This is maybe a non-related topic to the ones I usually write about, but it’s nonetheless very important and it’s a big part of life, so here we are.

I try to take the best care of myself possible—physically, mentally, and emotionally. I’m old enough to know what my body needs and what can cause negative consequences (if I eat too much for dinner I sleep restlessly). I also try to keep a clear mind and have to occasionally remind myself not to pile on too many problems or situations that aren’t turning out the way I’d like them to. Otherwise, it’s a storm in a teacup kind of situation for me. And the same goes for my emotions; because they may get the best of me, I’ve learned to—sometimes—rationalize what I’m feeling so that I may act accordingly instead of just reacting and over-reacting.

Why is this important? Because self-care is important. I’m the only one who benefits/loses from my health, and I’ve learned how to take care of myself.

Due to my sitting a lot, I do yoga for my posture and I try to run or go for long walks at least three times a week—I need the energy burst. I also try to compartmentalize my many thoughts when I start thinking about different things, so that I can be organized and deal with everything in the best possible way. And I let myself feel whatever I’m feeling, even if I may be a bit blue; after all, there’s almost nothing that a good night’s sleep can’t fix or tone down a bit (sometimes my bad mood is the byproduct of lack of sleep; I’m not the nicest when I’m tired).

There are movies—like Pride & Prejudice (2005) or The Avengers (2012)—that I know I can watch to feel good. Sometimes I put on some music that I find soothing and I close my eyes, prop my legs on the wall for better circulation, and I simply don’t think. Bubble baths are also great, and playing with dogs. Hanging out with family or friends, too. And sometimes, as Donna Meagle and Tom Haverford said in Parks and Recreation, treating myself to a savory meal or getting something that’s more about indulging than anything else is also a possibility.

Do you take care of yourself? How? Do you have any go-to movies or activities that help you unwind and feel better?

Moira Daly

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