Cassie Majestic, M.D. is an Emergency Medicine Physician from Orange County. She boasts over 107k followers on Instagram (@dr.majestic_md) who look forward to her health and fitness tips, behind the scenes hospital stories, and who love to peep her impeccable sense of style in and outside of the ER. We had the chance to ask Dr. Majestic about one of the more popular (and positive) topics of the moment, Self-Care.
The concept of “self-care” is a big movement right now. From your perspective, what does it mean?
Self care, in my opinion, has to be approached from a physical, mental, and emotional perspective. It is caring for yourself in physical ways such as exercise, sleep, and rehabilitation efforts, but it also means being in tune with your emotional and mental needs. Self care is taking the time to reflect on your inner feelings, and honoring them with whatever you may need. That could be therapy, meditation, or a hobby, but in my opinion, the biggest part is self reflection and honoring what you know your mind and body needs.
From a physician’s standpoint, what are some key things we should be doing (outside of spa appointments ) to better take care of ourselves?
I believe that we can care for ourselves both physically and mentally, through true self reflection. I often recommend that you remove yourself from all distractions, in order to truly reflect on what you need, personally. The most important things that I implement into my routine are daily positive affirmations, exercise (as often as I can), a well balanced diet that also includes indulgences (because what is life without experience and enjoyment), and participating in my favorite things as much as possible. Those activities include reading for leisure, movies, listening to music and dancing around the room when I’m alone, playing with my french bulldog, and going to therapy.
Seeing a therapist often comes with a stigma, but I highly recommend regular therapy to anyone with regular stressors in life.
We know you are into fitness, especially TRX these days. What do you like about it, and what are your favorite moves?
TRX is great because you can take it anywhere! It’s easy to use at home, and many gyms (even in hotels) have them. The TRX works your entire body and even if I’m focusing on upper body or lower body alone, my entire core ends up being sore the next day, which is a total win! My favorite move is any type of push up, because my back and chest are the weakest parts of my body. Plus, you can up level these push ups by moving your feet closer or further from the wall, and you get a killer core work out included!
What are three things that you can’t leave the house without?
Chapstick, a snack of some sort (usually a protein bar, just in case), and sunglasses!