When was the last time you took care of yourself? Be honest.
You have a ton of things going on at work and your calendar is packed with tasks and deadlines.
I feel you. Been there, done that.
To try and make it all work, you think it’s a good idea to start skipping lunch and eating at your desk, stop going to the gym, and forgetting about your friends and family. When we’re stressed, self-care is usually the first thing that has to go. It’s easy it seems. And that actually only makes things worse. Why? We’ll find out in a second.
Even though I am using it myself, I think that the word self-care has been thrown around as a buzzword lately when it essentially (in my opinion at least) only means the act of doing something that benefits your well-being. It’s the constant repetition of habits, which together make you happy and be at your emotional and physical best.
If it’s that obvious a thing, why do we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves?
It’s easy to neglect taking care of ourselves because when we’re busy and overwhelmed. In our culture, hard work and endless to-do lists are valued high for some reason. When balancing school, uni, homework, work, and a social life, adding self-care to our list can seem like another time-consuming task. When we neglect self-care, however, we run the risk of experiencing high levels of stress and exhaustion, making it more difficult for us to complete everyday tasks.
Morale of the story: Self-care is important in helping us be healthy and happy individuals.
How to practice self-care
Maybe you’re already a pro a taking care of yourself. In that case I say: YAY, GOOD FOR YOU!
If you feel like you didn’t do the best job in that department, do not worry, I’ve got good news for you: There is no wrong way to practice self-care. Because the only right way to do it is the one that feels right to you.
If you find it difficult to maintain a practice of self-care, try blocking off a specific time for it and incorporate those habits (be they big or small, long or short) into your everyday life. Now the fun part begins: Think what you can do to take care of yourself and challenge yourself to do something for you every day, ok?
Some ideas to get you started:
- Don’t skip breakfast and prepare something delicious today or go grab your favorite pastry at the bakery on your way to work.
- Use your way to work to also look out for five beautiful things, moments, encounters.
- Set yourself the challenge of drinking enough water this day (you can also flavor it with fruit or cucumber to make it more interesting).
- Take a walk during your lunch break or go for a run, regardless of the weather situation. The fresh air will do you good.
- Have a date with yourself today: Spend an hour alone doing something that you enjoy (visiting a museum exhibit, go to a café, read a magazine in the sun, go for a walk around town, do something creative).
- Get yourself fresh flowers
- Bake something (maybe one of these absolute, even kind of healthyish beauts?)
- Plan a weekend trip with your best friends
- Have a relaxing bath in the evening
- (while watching your favorite shows maybe?)
- (while having a face mask on maybe?)
- Express gratitude (it’s a good one…more on that tomorrow on this space, don’t miss it peeps!)
Be sure to share your #ThisIsHowWeSelfCare (total bad English, never mind, it’s one that’s not taken yet, let’s conquer it!) moment with me on Instagram if you do something so we can inspire each other!