Self-care is now all the rage, and for good reason! Studies have shown that women who practice self-care activities like regular exercise, healthy, mindful eating, and sleeping sufficiently find more satisfaction in their work and personal lives. In instituting more self-care behaviors into your routine, it’s important to remember these things!
Self-Care and Hard Work Can Coexist
Self-care and hard work are not mutually exclusive. Making time for self-care does not mean that you are not working hard or that you are being lazy. In fact, it takes dedication and commitment to schedule time for yourself each and every day. And remember, self-care can happen at work too! Self-advocation, asking for support when you need it, time management, knowing when to say no… these are all valid modes of nurturing your soul and caring for yourself!
Self-Care Does Not Have To Take A Lot Of Time
Often, people nix the idea of practicing self-care because they believe that it will take too much time. That, however, is not the care. There are plenty of small, brief ways to be kind to yourself that you can include in your daily routine. Many modes of self-care can be done without so much as lifting a finger.
Self-Care Is Not Earned
Self-care is not transactional. It is not a treat or reward for hard work or doing things for others; it is a necessity. You deserve to be treated with kindness, compassion, and love – from others and from yourself.
Self-Care Is More Than Just Leisure
Self-care is more than just an activity. It’s more than doing nice things for yourself or participating in hobbies that you enjoy in your free time. It’s about changing your attitude and developing positive self-talk. It’s about not being hard on yourself after you make a mistake. Saying no and setting boundaries. Recognizing, accepting, and allowing yourself to feel emotion. Reminding yourself that your thoughts and feelings are valid. Self-care is doing what’s best for your whole being: mind, body, and spirit!
Realize That Self-Care IS NOT Selfish
Ultimately, the biggest thing to remember is that self-care is not selfish. Sometimes, it can be viewed as such, but that is not the case. Look at it this way: the people around you need you to take care of yourself. In fact, you’re a better friend, parent, and person when you’re kind to yourself. Prioritizing self-care is a way to ensure that you’re always at 100% for the people who rely on you and care about you!
Self-care is key. Make sure to take some time to be kind to yourself, especially in the new year! What are some ways that you’re practicing self-care right now?