We use the phrase a lot, but what exactly is self-care?
It is so easy for us to use the phrase when buying something for ourselves or treating ourselves. Have a think about it, how many times have you said it when going to get a manicure or buying yourself some new clothes. Making sure you feel good is certainly a way to create overall happiness, but have you ever stopped to think about how else you can create self-care?
Sometimes just taking some time out for yourself in the day and checking in with yourself is caring for yourself. Life gets difficult sometimes and allowing yourself to check in with yourself and accepting what is happening around you can be just what you need.
Maybe you could leave yourself a positive note. Write down a list of positive things that you have completed or make a gratitude list. Maybe even just you getting out of bed in the morning was a big accomplishment. (We all have those days)
When self-care is being used, boundaries are easier to set. Boundaries are not always physical but creating a safe place for yourself is extremely important for your wellbeing. Sometimes your boundary could be not talking to someone who drains you mentally. It could also be that you just want to say ‘no’ to someone. Honouring and acknowledging your limits is a form of self-care.
Putting together all you know about self-care. There is more to self-care than just buying yourself a treat. Did the rose petal bath soak make you feel great? Absolutely! Can you take care of yourself without it? Absolutely! Treating yourself to a present is great for self-care but let’s look past that for a second and remember we can do this without spending a dime and help take care of our self-care mentally. Meditating for 5 minutes a day or even going to bed at 10 instead of 11 are all perfect ways of self-care that will mentally make your feel better.
SELF CARE = SELF WORTH!