I used to be the first person to say this. You can probably find it somewhere if you scroll long enough on my social media. REAL self-care I used to say was looking at yourself, your inner self and doing the emotional work. I still agree with this, part of self-care is definitely working through your own road-blocks and healing from any past traumas that have accumulated. It is journaling and going to counselling if needed.
It’s watching motivational talks from Les Brown and amping yourself up for just a normal day.
It’s all of these things, and lately I have found, from my own personal truth… it can be makeup also.
As many of you know I have reduced my hours at work, only working 3 shifts a week right now while I meet with a mental health worker and try to feel “normal” again. I’m currently in a state of depression. If you don’t know what depression is like it’s kind of this invisible weight that stays on you… 24/7 and you can’t shake it off. You just feel down or “heavy” and you don’t really need a reason to be that way.
Makeup, for me has always been fun. I may not wear it out all the time but when I do I feel awesome, and when I’m just at home creating new looks it makes me happy. I always thought there was a stigma around makeup, if you like it then you’re dumb? Anyway, lately I’ve been trying to not care about what anyone else thinks, it’s important not too.
Especially in this depression, I’ve just been doing things that make me happy. Which seem to be writing this blog, taking long walks, makeup and tarot.
I wasn’t happy with my life, the direction it was going, how I was feeling etc. In some weird way, creating makeup looks and tarot videos is helping me to feel better and take some control over my life’s direction.
So, now if you ask me: is makeup self-care? I’m going to have to say yes. Undoubtedly yes, because it is making me feel happy in a time I would not otherwise.
Love to you all,
My youtube Channel: Makeup and Tarot with Carlee
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