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Mental Health and Self-love: Cheers to Self-care Saturdays

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Typically on Saturdays, I find myself in a mad rush to get things done. Because, you know, we basically get only one day. Sundays are for recovering from one week and preparing for another. And my husband and I seem to have events to attend at least a few weekends a month. Making Saturdays and Sundays blur together. So I find that if I’m not careful, I’ll spend my weekends cleaning frantically or hurrying to get things ready before running out the door. 

But that doesn’t work for me anymore. I’d rather take my time and enjoy what I’m doing when I’m doing it rather than checking everything off my to do list. So in an effort to be more mindful of self-care, I’ve decided to institute self-care Saturdays, and I aim to have at least two per month. 

This means that for at least two Saturdays a month, I’m going to take inventory of my needs. Be reflexive. Be mindful. Decide what is best for that day. For me. For my body. 

Maybe it means painting my toenails. Maybe it means reading or cleaning instead. Whatever the need is, for at least two Saturdays a month, I will strive to meet it. And to not let anything stand in my way. 

Before I began healing and learning about self-care, I took things to an extreme. I would push myself to work hard and to play hard. To do well at my job and in my relationships with others. To push through even if I wasn’t okay. Which often meant putting my needs aside. But then no one was happy. 

I’ve learned I have to be okay with not getting things done. To let go. And I’m learning to take care of myself. Which means putting myself first. The small things I used to stress over don’t really matter anyway. But self-care does. 

So cheers to self-care days! May you find a day in the week where you can take even one hour to think of, and act on, your self-care needs. 

For as we all know, nothing gets better until you take care of yourself. And no one else is going to do it for you but you. 

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Mental Health and Self-love: Cheers to Self-care Saturdays

Jenna Grace

Jenna Grace is a writer and educator with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sensory processing disorder (SPD), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety disorder (SAD) and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) diagnoses. She writes and speaks about topics including healing from trauma, coping with neurological disorder and practicing mindfulness in order to help others and to explore new meaning. Visit her website for more of her stories.

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Grace, J. (2019). Mental Health and Self-love: Cheers to Self-care Saturdays. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 8, 2020, from


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