In a world of contradictories for women, one thing is certain – self-care is not selfish. In fact, committing to self-care is an act of self-love.
As women, it has been role modeled to us for generations to put the needs of others first. If you are a mother, your children come first. If you are married or in a relationship, your partner’s needs come first. When we were children and teen-agers, any act of self-love was frowned upon as being self-centered.
The truth is, if we don’t first take care of ourselves, how can we expect to take care of anyone else? As the saying goes before a plane takes off – put your oxygen mask on first before helping others.
Self-Care is Determined by Your Own Needs
We’re inundated with marketing that tells us how self-care should look, but the truth is, it is different for everyone.
It’s not just about making ourselves feel good with a spa day; it’s also about attending to what each one of us individually needs emotionally, physically and results in an overall healthy balance.
Self-Care Looks Different for Everyone
Self-care could mean determining your mental health would improve if you sought out therapy, cut ties with toxic people in your life; even cutting out lifestyle choices that simply hold no real value.
Loving yourself could mean destressing with a 3 mile run, allowing yourself to sleep in on the weekends or getting up earlier to squeeze in a workout.
It could mean a social media detox and committing to shutting down the phone/tablet/computer one day a week. Maybe it means starting a tradition of home cooked meals on Saturdays with friends for some face to face socialization.
Committing to self-care may look like starting a new hobby, increasing the frequency of travel,...