A good friend of mine introduced me to Anouschka, he thought we would match. Well, we did! Anouschka is an inspiration in fully loving and accepting herself and her looks. We met and talked for hours about love, insecurities (and sharing them on social media), loving our bodies, our passions and of course self-care. Get inspired by this beauty!
Anouschka, was there a specific moment in your life when you felt self-care is very important?
“It was the moment that I lost my job, I worked therefore over 13 years. I realized that I always identified myself with my job. So I panicked when I lost my job, how was I supposed to introduce myself to people from now on? I lost my mask. It was a period where I got confronted with myself and therefore I learned a lot about myself. I also learned how to take care of myself and through that I became my real self. I now feel so rich that I don’t need a job anymore to be who am, I share that I am Anouschka, passionate about life and enjoying the little things.”
What does taking care of yourself mean to you?
“I try to live up towards a life where I treat myself in a good way, if I fail at one point, I don’t want to punish myself that it didn’t work out. So the most important thing is to be kind towards myself. In the past I could be disappointed or angry with myself if I was still thinking about something from the past that hurt me. So now I try (always practicing) to stay conscious about the thoughts I have and to choose thoughts that are kind.”
“In general I am a very positive and happy person. When I have a day off, I learned to let myself feel the way I feel. Accepting that life is not always amazing and positive. Life is also about downs and lows. Besides, pressure from society is pretty high. I always work on detaching from those expectations, and to be kind towards myself.”
“My Instagram account is also a way of taking care of myself. My body is not standard and I never had any problems with it, I have always been proud of it! So I want to inspire the online world that the only thing that is important, in this online ‘perfect’ world, that you can be beautiful at any shape or weight.”
What do you do when you feel the need to take care of yourself?
“I don’t really have a ritual and I still have troubles in accepting days that I don’t feel amazing. I start working on accepting the fact that I don’t feel great. On days like this I know it is better to skip Social Media but I still get attracted to my phone. I am still learning and practicing to be kind to myself. I do treat myself on a day of doing absolutely nothing, which I learned to enjoy. The thing that I absolutely love to do on days like this is to put on music and dance!”
What is your TCOYS tip to other people?
“Be nice to yourself. Don’t torture yourself because you did or didn’t do something. You can make new choices at any moment, don’t stick to the past. Self-care is also to stand for yourself. How do you let people treat you? Make sure it is mostly loving, set your boundaries and share your thoughts.”
“And take care of yourself from not only the inside but also from the outside. Dress up, feel good and show yourself!”
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