Unglamourous Self-care – Guest Blogger Allyson Alford

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Hi! I am Allyson Alford! I am twenty-three years old. Mississippi is my home. I grew up in Foxworth/Columbia, MS, but I’m currently living in Oxford, MS. My hobbies include reading, writing, acting, and binge-watching Impractical Jokers and Martin. I graduated from the University of Mississippi with a B.A. in English and a minor in Theater Arts. I started my blog in December and have since started a website.

My blog’s content primarily consists of hair. It has been slow lately, as I’ve been extremely busy, but stay tuned because there’s more content on the way.

Link to blog: https://aallyson3.wixsite.com/allysonsplace

Social media— Instagram: ally.tiana

Facebook: Allyson T. Alford

Unglamorous Self-care

Ah, the popular talk of the day: Self Care. We have all heard of it via social media outlets. The idea of taking care of one’s own self. Bubble baths. Facial masks. Shopping. I mean, after all, these are all forms of taking care of yourself, right?

Of course! At the same time, self-care is often times over glamorized. Yep. I said it. The idea of self-care is made out to be this glitzy glam concept. While these things are perfectly fine—the bubble baths, facial masks, and the shopping—Many people who need to take care of themselves may not do that. They may not have the resources to do it, or it just may not be their thing.

Guess what? That’s perfectly ok! There’s more to self-care than those activities! Sometimes, self-care is deleting a message thread that you’ve held on to for months. Sometimes, self-care is blocking that number for a while, or forever. Sometimes, self-care is sleeping in for another thirty minutes. Other times, self-care is calling out sick at work because our minds can be sick just like our bodies can.

Self-care is sometimes crying. Crying your eyes out. Screaming into a pillow. Letting the tears fall down your beautiful face.

Self-care is, at times, unfollowing that Instagram page. Unsubscribing to that YouTube channel. Other times, self-care is refusing to read the comments under social media posts.

Guess what? Sometimes,(this is for all of my natural ladies) self-care is not following the standard hair typing system.

Sometimes, self-care is prayer.

Sometimes self-care is sitting on your floor.

Sometimes, self-care is saying “no.”

Sometimes, self-care is a facial. A manicure. A pedicure. A bubble bath.

Whatever it is that you do to take care of yourself, make sure you do it. Make sure you’re doing it often. Don’t allow anyone to guilt trip you out of doing it. At the end of the day, as the quote says: You cannot pour from an empty pitcher.

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