Self care is a word which in my opinion has become over used recently. There are plenty of articles out there that tell you to paint your toes nails, get the fake tan on and whilst these things can boost you, real self-care is much more powerful. Real self care is about doing the work to accepting where you are, loving yourself fully and prioritising what you need. This is not an easy thing to do but it really is worth it.
Doing the work is about looking at where you are right now, what you would like to change and how you are going to do this. I find it helps if I write it all out and keep the changes to small sustainable changes. The key is not to overwhelm yourself.
One thing that I do is a monthly reflections exercise, where I write out what has worked, well, what has not worked well etc and part of this exercise I ask myself what self-care do I need this coming month. This is great for me as it can change from month to month depending on what I have coming up. This is something which I learned to do from Laura at wholeheartedlyhealthy.com.
Real self care is about good mental health / well-being and learning to understand your body’s signals of needing time out before you reach burn out. It is about giving yourself the space mentally to recharge and restore your energy and vitality. There are so many different forms of self-care from scheduling time to yourself each week, meeting up with friends for cocktails, being kind and understanding to yourself, doing something different from your day-to-day routine, exercise or eating healthy. It all depends on what you need to keep your mojo.
How do you practice self-care?