How are you today? Do you feel like you are always exhausted? Running on empty? Need about 50 cups of coffee and a bazillion hours of sleep, stat? Then read on to learn the importance of self-care.
First and foremost! Self-care is not selfish! Did you hear that? I’ll say it again for the people in the back. Self-care is not selfish. Let’s change our mindset. Let’s get rid of the idea that self-care or love is selfish…because it isn’t.
If you struggle with this thinking you are not alone. I myself struggle with this everyday as I am certain many other women do too. I see work that needs to be done, dishes to be cleaned, a phone call to make etc. I feel guilty for not attending to those straight away. But you know what? Those can wait. My health can’t. Because if I’m in a fluffle (kafuffle and frazzle put together. I was tired ok?) they aren’t going to get done anyway. Or at the very least I am not going to do my best work.
Now I’m not saying that we need to ignore these things entirely and have baths all day. Because that wouldn’t be self-care either. Stress would then come from not getting tasks done at all. What we need is a balance.
What this balance looks like to you will be different to someone else.
My balance looks like this:
- Have a relaxing bath once a week with a face mask
- At home pedicure once a month
- Some me-time each day by doing my hobbies
- Having a work and homelife schedule. This ensures there are boundaries with my time (although I suck at sticking to it)
- Making sure I am connected socially at least once a week. I’m an introvert so being social drains me.
- Using products that are kind and nourishing to my skin
- Eating a healthy diet
- Setting boundaries
- Have a day where I rest from everything. Housework, business work, most types of media. I let my mind and body rest.
Self-care is so important for our physical and mental health. It is a good idea to include things in your life that look after you holistically.
Self -care does not have to be expensive or time consuming. Look at your schedule and carve out some time just for yourself. It could be 5 minutes with a warm cuppa every morning before the fam bam wakes up. Or you might take a whole day just for you on the weekend. Whatever it is for you, do it! It is important for your health and those around you too. I certainly know (and my husband can vouch for this) that I am much less grumpy when I have looked after me.
Remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup.
Do you regularly practice self-care?
Has it been a priority in your life?
If not, what are you going to do to change it?
Let me know below.