How would you define self-care? Is it something you do as a priority? Or do you not even think about it?
Self-care can mean a lot of different things to a lot of people, from the monthly pedicure, to daily walks, exercise, meditation, to massages. Maybe you treat self-care as a necessity to keep your life and mental health in balance. Or perhaps you are ‘too busy’ to look after yourself? Whichever category you fall into, I am a big believer in doing something, anything, for yourself. It doesn’t have to be a time consuming task, I mean, that would defeat the purpose right? Self-care is meant to fill you up, not drain you.
Putting yourself first is often seen as selfish, but in order to show up for others, be that work, relationships, children, friends, family, it’s important to put time aside to do something sweet for yourself. It’s not self-indulgent. It’s a necessity. And yep, that old cliché of placing the oxygen on your face first before helping others, is true!
If you fall into the ‘too busy’ category, or just want to mix things up and try something new, see my suggestions below:
- Walk / jog in the park
- 10 min meditation (there are loads of free apps, with guided meditations)
- Sitting in a cafe and drinking your favorite beverage (without using your phone)
- Home facials. There’s a heap of products out there to choose from. Sukin offer a range of relatively cheap masques, that are free of nasty chemicals and sustainable. I love the Hydrating Facial Masque or Purifying Facial Masque both for about $16. Do this once a week, it takes 2 mins to apply and 15 mins to work it’s magic.
- Walk on the beach, breathing in that sea air can do wonders for cleansing the soul
- Grab a book, and lie down for 15 mins
- Monthly massages / facials
- Weekly yoga classes
- Do nothing, except be. Yep, seriously, do nothing, for 10 mins. Just sit down and take a few deep breaths
Make a list of the things you love doing, try them out. The trick is to build self-care into your routine, to prioritise it, so they become part of your life.
And from experience, when you start to prioritise self-care by looking after yourself, you begin to value YOU more, and who doesn’t want to have a bit more self-worth huh?
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What will you do this week to look after yourself?