Look After Yourself

Hello there! Before I continue to Part 2 of My Eczema Story, I’d like to share about some ‘me’ time I had yestereday morning. With the exams all over last week, I felt like I needed time by myself to just.. relax. So the night before, I set my alarm earlier than usual, woke up the next morning, brushed my teeth, washed my face, got dressed, grabbed a banana, took the bicycle we had parked outside our home, and cycled slowly to the nearby park. Usually, I would bring my earpieces with me, but this time, I didn’t – I wanted to take in the morning breeze and clear my head. I wanted it to be real. Just me, myself and nature.

Bedok Reservoir

At the park, there’s a hill that overlooks the reservoir and the neighbourhood. I single-mindedly pushed the bike up the hill – which was steep – all the while panting, which was also great exercise. 🙂 When I finally made it to the top, I couldn’t help but smile. I’ve been up this hill countless of times, but there was just something about that morning that made me extra happy. The morning sun was shining, my eczema was getting some sun (sun is REALLY good for eczema, btw! Trust me!), the serenity of the surroundings… ah, mashaAllah! I snapped a couple of pictures and sat down at a tiny pavilion nearby, taking slow, deep breaths, all the while admiring the view. Stress is a big factor in eczema flare-ups, so for me, it is very important that I lower my stress levels. After sitting up there for a while, I went down, cycled back home, had breakfast and made myself some juice. ❤ I felt so great, I was even motivated to wash the toilet (which I’ve been meaning to do but haven’t gotten around to it since last month!)

When I was younger, I always felt like I always wanted someone – anyone, family, friends etc – to accompany me every time I left the house, as I thought then, I wouldn’t have any fun if I were to be by myself. But now, I find myself wanting to go out and do things alone, especially when it comes to things like self-care – to go out and shop for something I’d like to get, to get some fresh air and breeze, etc. Don’t get me wrong, it’s always great to have company, but once in a while I feel that we need time to ourselves. That is how, I feel, we can grow mentally stronger, as it’s times like these where we start to be dependent on ourselves. Our bodies are like a gift from Allah SWT, and it’s our job to look after this gift, to make it the best version it can ever be.

I hope everyone has an amazing day, and perhaps try to do something that’ll make you happier/more relaxed today – it could be as small as taking a longer bath, reading a chapter of your favourite book, or making yourself a nice cup of tea before bed.

Love, H

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