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Unique Self Care Experiences in Korea

We must admit that 2022 was a tough year for all of us. We faced a lot of challenges on our way, overcame some fears and insecurities, learned new lessons, and became stronger. At the same time, we dove deep into the vast ocean of possibilities and discovered new powers and skills. We grew up. We turned tears into diamonds and got rich. The Universe pushed us to conquer our limitations. In one way or another, but now we deserve some self-care and a good time.

Living in Korea

After more than 1 year in Korea, I can say that everything was a challenge. From language studying to job searching to avoiding corona and flu, everything was difficult. I took the TOPIK test, met new people, and found a new home. I feel exhausted even if I took a rest for a few days. It wasn’t enough though, and I am sure you feel the same. Therefore, one of my goals for 2023 is to invest more in self-care. Do you want to know some of the best ways to regain your life force after a year full of challenges? Let’s find out.

Heal Everything with Korean Traditional Medicine 

Probably one of the most popular ways to replenish your Qi and recharge your batteries is trying at least one Korean traditional medicine remedy. Unlike conventional medicine, Korean medicine is based on the concept of yin and yang. According to its principles, when there is dis-ease in the body, the most important thing is to balance the energies. It focuses on finding and treating the cause, which most of the time has an emotional root. In Oriental medicine, the mind, and the body are strongly connected. Therefore, if you experience negative emotions for a long time, they will show up in the form of an illness in your physical body. 

Harmonizing the mind and the body is not an easy thing to do. However, it must be done if you want to have a healthy life. So, maybe you are wondering what kind of treatments or therapies Korean medicine is based on. Methods like acupuncture, cupping therapy, or herbal baths are often used to help patients regain their strength and vitality. There are plenty of clinics in Seoul where you can go and receive treatments for a very affordable price. Some clinics even offer services in various foreign languages such as English, Japanese, or Russian. If you are interested in finding out more information on this topic, don’t forget to check this link.

Heal Your Body at a Korean Sauna 

Korean saunas are such a blessing, especially during the cold season when most people struggle with fatigue and cold. For only 10,000 to 15,000 Won per day, you can peacefully relax alone or together with friends in a pool of hot water or sweat the stress away in a sauna room. Since it’s a budget-friendly place, you can spend a whole day and night here without worrying about going broke. Once you get a ticket, you will be given a T-shirt, a pair of shorts, and a towel you can use during your stay. Moreover, before or after the sauna you can help yourself to some traditional drinks like sikhye or eat some delicious snacks. Sounds amazing, right?  

Heal Your Mind with Temple Stay

As you may know already, in Korea there are plenty of Buddhist temples scattered all over the country. You can find them in places like the Gangnam or Jongno area, surrounded by modern buildings or well hidden in the mountains, far from the noise of the city.

Many of them offer various programs and almost anyone can participate. I am talking about temple stay programs. During these programs, you can experience various things from guided meditation and chanting to paper crafting and tea ceremonies. So, if you plan to take a few days off this month and work on your self-care, I strongly suggest you try a temple stay. For more details related to temple stay and reservations, check out the following link.

Take Care of Yourself First

Don’t forget: before pouring tea to others, it’s important to fill your own cup first. If you are not in the best shape, you cannot help others. Replenish your energy first, reset, and recharge. Then, with good intentions and a heart full of gratitude, step into the world and shine your light. Be kind and take care of others as much as you can. Be yourself. 

Have you already experienced oriental medicine or a temple stay in Korea? If the answer is yes, don’t hesitate to share your experience with us. We are eager to find out more about it. For more content related to Korean culture and daily life, subscribe to Koreabyme or follow us on Instagram. Thank you for your interest. Take care ^^

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🇷🇴 Emilia Bucsan

Teacher. Writer. Explorer. A.R.M.Y. Enchanted by the beauty of Korea.