We hear so much talk about self-care and its importance for mental, physical, and emotional health. But between celebrity wellness brands, trendy apps, and more, it can be hard to pinpoint what self-care actually is, let alone how you can make it happen.
What is Self-Care?
One of the areas that I get asked about most on social media is self-care. On an almost daily basis I get questions like, “what do you do to feel better given your busy life?” and “how do you engage in self-care?”
Self-care is the practice of taking an active role in nurturing your well-being and happiness, particularly during periods of stress. It is any activity that you deliberately do in order to take care of your mind, body, and soul. It’s an active choice that you cultivate for your long-term well-being.
Although this is a simple concept in theory, it’s easy to overlook or neglect self-care because you feel “too busy” to take care of yourself. But as you’ll have heard me mention before, it’s so important to prioritize self-care and to put your needs before the needs of others.
To me, the practice of personal self-care is part of your commitment to self-love. It’s one of the key things you can do to build loving relationships with both yourself and with others — and it’s also key for managing stress during a crisis! So if you’re one of those people who has thought a lot about self-care but haven’t actually done anything proactive about it, now is the time to start prioritizing looking after yourself!
There are a bunch of things that I do for my own self-care that are simple to integrate into how you live and work, even if your life is hectic. Juggling everything on your plate can feel challenging and exhausting, and that’s exactly why you must make a point of doing things to counteract your stress and to feel better overall.
Here are some of my favorite self-care practices that you can use on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.
In thinking about all that I do for my self-care, I recognize my privilege in being able to money towards many of these experiences. But here are some free or inexpensive things that you can do to care for yourself:
As you can see, I take self-care very seriously, and I’m a firm believer that it should be part of everyone’s life. My personal self-care regiment might seem exhaustive to you but remember that each of us needs to decide what works for us. Over time, you’ll find your rhythm in implementing a self-care practice that fuels your body, mind, and soul, rather than taking from it.
What do your self-care practices look like? After today, what will you do to carve out time for yourself?
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