It’s been a minute since I’ve worked on my Self-Care Series. I planned on writing about one dimension of wellness from SMHSA’s chart each week, but well, to be honest, I haven’t been practicing a lot of self-care lately. Since I want my blog to be a place of authenticity, I couldn’t write about something I wasn’t living out.

I’ve been caught up in my daily tasks, and I haven’t put much energy into staying grounded and checking in on myself. Earlier today, I felt overwhelmed, my to-do list was swirling around in my mind, and I knew I needed to get out of my own head to decompress. I did some deep breathing and tried to focus on my belly rising and falling. About this same time, I got an automated text. FREE YOUR ENERGY flashed across my phone. Months ago, while listening to the Mark Groves Podcast, an author named Sylvester McNutt came on and spread his message of love, healing, authenticity, and freeing your energy. I subscribed to his automated text message service after hearing him speak.

I clicked on the text from Sylvester and saw a link to his most recent podcast episode: “Ignite Your Self-defeating Thoughts” Yeah, I thought, I could use some of that right about now.

The podcast not only pulled me out of the negative thought pattern, but also shifted my mindset, therefore, my reality.

I knew it was time to prioritize self-care again.

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With all that being said, I have decided to focus on my financial wellness to dive back into this series.

One of my financial goals was to get a credit card and begin building my credit. Not only did I get a credit card a month ago, but I’ve been very frugal with it and very adamant about paying off the balance each time I get a paycheck.

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Another way I’ve prioritized my financial – wellness is by writing down my monthly bills and making sure I correctly budget for them and pay them on time.

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In addition to staying on top of my spending, my dad is going to help me set up a Roth IRA to begin investing in my retirement. He insists this is one of the best ways to earn interest on my savings. He’s yet to lead me astray, so I believe this will be great for my long-term financial wellness.

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Taking care of yourself can be challenging; practicing self-care can quickly get un-prioritized. It’s important to take a step back sometimes and just take some deep breaths. I’m thankful I started this series weeks ago, and I’m thankful I hold myself accountable.

Check out some of the other aspects of my wellness I’ve focused on already:

Emotional Wellness Occupational Wellness

Social Wellness Intellectual Wellness

Check on your friends, check on your family, check on yourself, and stay tuned for my next post on another dimension of my wellness.