“Self-care is NOT selfish”.
You most likely have heard this phrase before. The concept is nothing new, the practice however, now that’s a different story.
If you’re anything like me, it can often be difficult to take a step back and take time to focus on yourself. Work, friends, school, relationships, pets… all become a balancing act with what generally feels like negative hours left in the day.
Well I’m here to remind you, that without taking care of yourself first, you won’t be able to effectively show up and be present for all of those other things.
So let’s take a step back.
What do you think of when you hear the term, self-care?
More often than not, I think people associate self-care, with elaborate spa days or wellness retreats; and while those certainly can be forms of self-care, the practice itself does not need to be overly complicated.
At the heart of self-care, is the simple concept of taking the time to truly focus on your personal well-being. Whether it’s mental or physical or both it’s to help ensure that you’re setting yourself up to be the best version of you!
Just like meditation or yoga, self-care is a practice and it’s specific to each individual. Consistency is key and the small moments really do add up. Creating good habits takes time but remember you’re worth it.
Soooo how can you introduce self-care into your daily routine, you might ask?
Start off small.
Take 15 minutes each day, to put down your phone and do something you truly love. Whether it’s a walk around the neighborhood, or a guided meditation… a relaxing bubble bath or laps in the pool… cooking yourself a nutritious meal or going to bed early… the possibilities are endless.
As I believe the conversation around self-care is a crucial one, I’ll be creating a series highlighting some of the little acts of self-care that I practice day to day. Keep an eye out for these posts in the future and feel free to comment with ways you incorporate self-care into your own life!