Can we stop treating self-care as if it is something that we only access when we have time, or a day off, or when it is convenient? Self-Care is NOT a day. This perpetuates the stereotype that it is a luxury or that it is selfish.
Self-care is EVERY day. Well, real self-care is, anyway, not the commodification of self-care. And no, I don’t mean you need to go to the spa every day. If only, huh? Self-care is HEALTH care.
You don’t have time to NOT practice self-care.
Self-care is the daily, consistent, foundational way you take care of yourself so every day you show up as the best YOU possible. It is not a quick fix. It is not a one and one and it is certainly not something that is reserved for when this magical “self-care day” presents itself.
You have to do the work to get in touch with your body. To listen to those subtle messages. You have to get down and dirty with your bad self and figure out what makes you tick. It isn’t always convenient, it isn’t always pretty, but it is always worth it because YOU are worth it! Taking the time to get to know yourself is priceless.
Think about the following questions.
- How do you like to feed your body?
- What makes you feel good?
- How to like to move your body?
- How do you self-soothe?
- How do you release stress?
- What is your sleep and rest routine like?
- Do you practice self-compassion?
- What inspires you?
- Are your environments clean, organized, and decluttered?
- Are you grateful?
- How do you feel?
- How is your breathing?
Remember, this does not have to be time-consuming or expensive. Little habits and breaks can be wildly beneficial. Even some gentle stretching next time you are watching TV, or asking yourself what went well today or going to bed 15 minutes earlier than normal, or just taking a few deep breaths throughout the day can be VERY powerful.
You can start small but you must start in an intentional way.
And hey, if you have a whole day at some point to dedicate to self-care by all means, go for it! But let’s stop pretending that self-care is reserved for such occasions.
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