The importance of self care

Giving back to others is at the forefront of our minds this holiday season. With this, it can be easy to forget about ourselves! Let’s make it a goal to care for ourselves and unleash our true potential this year.

We all know that the holiday season is the time for giving! Over the years, shifting from childhood into adulthood, I feel that most of us experience a transition in where we find our happiness during the holiday season. When we are younger, so much of our joy comes from the gifts we receive, but, as we grow older I have found in my experience that giving gifts is what makes me the happiest. That’s obviously not to say that I don’t like getting gifts, trust me I do, but more to highlight how me and most of those around me have learned to become more selfless over the years. While I would consider this an amazing step in the right direction, I have realized this year how important it is to also give back to yourself, because when we are busy taking care of others, it can be easy to forget to take care of ourselves.

Mo money mo problems

This year was a pivotal year for me in that I took on many more responsibilities than what I am used to handling. From my family life, to work life I found myself much busier than usual because it was my goal this year to maximize my time. With that however, I noticed my room getting messy way faster, my bathroom uncleaned longer than it should, and my diet not being as healthy as it used to. This made me realize just how easy it is to forget about ourselves and the importance of self care. With all of this, I have made it a priority to put myself first for the last few weeks and wow do I feel better!

Mushrooms ARE self care

I think this is something we can all relate to as mushroom lovers because mushrooms are self care. Whether you are microdosing or macrodosing, you are taking time out of your day to do something for yourself in the hopes of being the best person you can be. So, despite my busy schedule I took the time to eat cleaner, exercise, and extend my meditation/breathwork sessions. All the things I knew I already should have been doing. After a few weeks of implementing these things back into my life, I noticed it came with a bit of an unexpected caveat.

Despite having much less time, I found myself with more energy to do all the things I wanted to do regardless of how hard of a day I had. I think the major aspects that inspired the energy inside of me would first of all be my diet. Eating cleaner made me feel lighter and more energetic, rather than bogged down and sleepy. Exercise had me feeling really mentally and physically refreshed after a long day of working. And finally extending my breathwork/meditation sessions gave me time to focus on myself and just feel connected to my surroundings.

Overall, I feel as if I learned a lot from this experience. Proving to myself that I could harness more natural energy by taking more time to pamper myself flipped a switch in my brain and changed my outlook on being busy. I realize now that being busy doesn’t have to be a trade off with anything, in fact, if you use a portion of your time to give back to yourself, you may even get more than you bargained for.

At the end of the day we all have things we can improve on and cut out of our lives in order to be the best version of ourselves. I think the problem lies in that we can’t necessarily see if the grass is greener on the other side and if going on this endeavor will be worth it. The reason why I knew I needed to make these changes, were because I had one of my first “bad trips” on mushrooms. The reason why I put quotation marks is because even though the experience wasn’t pleasant, it motivated me more than any other trip I have had to date. How could that possibly be a bad thing?! The mushrooms showed me how weak I was when I wasn’t taking care of my mind, body, and spirit, and now that I have listened and implemented this change, I am truly feeling unstoppable.

Mush love, Westcoast Microdose 🍄

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