I have been off the blogging camp for a while now. Many of you might know the reason but some of you might not be aware of it. It’s a personal account but I really wanted to share it with you all.
My mother was severely ill and the last few weeks have really been tough for me and my family. It all started when my folks were in our home town for some personal work. As per the plan, I joined them for a week too. My mother was already recovering from food poisoning when she fell sick again. And just a day before my scheduled return, she was diagnosed with break-bone fever (also known as Dengue fever). The initial symptoms were so formidable and intimidating that I was left in tears. My mother couldn’t open her eyes; her each body joint pained; she was squirming in pain; her head was aching unbearably; and her body was raging hot. My mother is a pretty strong lady (*touch-wood*) and I have seldom seen her cry. But when she broke down during her illness, I panicked. After gleaning through some information on the web, I found out that there was no proper cure or medication for this infection. And it is a life threatening one! Looking at her terrible condition, I knew there was no way I was going to leave her there. Immediately I booked my parent’s return flight tickets and we flew back to Mumbai.
Coming back to the daily grind and looking after my ailing mother, the household chores, and a hyperactive 5-year old kid has been so overwhelming. Obviously, skincare and self-care had to take a backseat. In fact, it got almost lost in my struggle to keep everything up and running. Every day I would be up on my toes from morning and until the night. As a skincare enthusiast and an active blogger who loves indulging in regular skincare routines, skincare products or rituals were not even remotely in my mind. Some days I would even forget to comb my hair. Yeah, I’m not kidding! While taking a shower, I would slather any face wash that would come to my hand and then a toner or a serum if I remembered. I would even forget my morning skincare regime at times. On top of that, I hadn’t masked for days! What a horror! I was certainly missing the little self-care time I could take out earlier but I knew my mother’s health was my concern at the moment. Nothing else mattered actually. There were gradual improvements in her health but it was tremendously slow. It took her almost 2-3 weeks to start doing basic day-to-day activities. She is still recuperating but she is much better now.
After a long time, on the weekend, my hectic routine got a little respite. While looking at myself in the mirror, I realized how my skin was looking dull and tired. All these days of stress and tiredness had made my skin suffer. Not just that, I had stopped indulging in my herbal teas and doing anything for my own self…because I just didn’t have any time for myself. That is when I realized how important self-care is and how it affects not just our physical health but our mental health as well. For the first time, I actually comprehended the true significance of self-care that we so fondly read on social media platforms and online articles.
Looking at my skin’s condition, I decided to do a quick skincare routine that would give my skin an instant glow. Without much thought, I picked up my favorite Flower & Spice Instant Glow Calming Exfoliator. The moment I opened the jar and sniffed the exfoliator, its breathtaking aroma felt unimaginably relaxing and stress-relieving. I was astonished! I mean Instant Glow has always been my best pick for an instant glow and I love everything about this product. But the unbelievable relaxation I felt at that moment left me spellbound and just made me fall in love with it all over again. Evidently, I was missing my little self-care sesh a lot. I then applied my favorite Live Botanicals Fleur De Terre Lavender+Violet Calming Elixir and followed it with You Skincare Glow Clarifying Serum and Earthwise Beauty Thelma Lip Treatment. I cannot even put in words how gratifying and calming this routine made me feel. And I’m not just talking about the sensorial pleasure but the way these products instantly worked for my skin. There’s a sense of contentment and happiness you get when you give time to yourself. Definitely self-care sessions could be different for everyone; but for me, it has always been indulging in an extensive skincare routine. It’s not just the way these products help my skin but also the entire ritual that helps me to unwind and relax amidst the chaos or tension I might be living in. For me, self-care also means relishing my favorite herbal tea, nonstop chattering with my best friends and family, watching a movie or reading an enthralling book!
What are your thoughts on self-care? I would love to know them.