Treat Yo’ Self

Living in a foreign country, being ‘on’ 24-7 / 365, and struggling with the language can take a toll on your well-being. Here are a few ways I’ve been treating myself:

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*eating an entire bar (or two) of chocolate in one sitting

*watching entire seasons of TV shows in a couple of days

*hiding out in my apartment (I consider these ‘mental health days’)

*buying expensive smell good shower gel and lotion

*doing yoga

*listening to podcasts while playing solitaire – all day

*going to nearby ‘cities’ to hang out at a café and chat with other PCVs

*paying way too much to have my hair colored and styled

*reading LOTS of books


Peace Corps is not easy and it’s beyond ok to treat yo’ self.  What are some of your self-care practices?

About alicrain

Wanderlust. Adventurer. Mom. Mentor. Change Agent. Crazy. Servant Leader. Citizen of the World These are all words that describe me - or have been used to describe me. There are many more but we won't get in to those. What is important to know is that at the age of 45, after having a successful career and raising a son, I decided I needed a new challenge and adventure in my life. So I joined the Peace Corps. Portions of this blog were written before this time and chronicle my life during graduate school (again, something I did in my 40s). During my service in Morocco (September 2016 - December 2018) I chronicled my daily life and all it entailed to live as an American female in another country. this is a place for me to capture random thoughts and share my life's journey
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2 Responses to Treat Yo’ Self

  1. Fran Jarrell says:

    Ali, are you in need of a care package at this time? Tea or smell good lotions, don’t forget you have friends that will provide!

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