Self care. Two words that have so many different meanings for different people. For some it can be putting on a face mask and taking a bath filled with a Lush bath bomb. For others it can be meditating. It can also mean eating an entire bag of chocolate chips (don’t judge). For me, it can mean all these things and so much more. It can mean laying on the couch and watching hours (and I mean HOURS) of Dateline and ignoring all responsibilities. It can mean reading a book or doing a puzzle or simply just doing something I love that makes me happy.
Let's be real. Life is hard. Life gets busy. Life gets in the way of plans all the time. It can be really hard to slow down and take some well deserved me time. I know this can be very true for myself and it's something I'm working on to this day. I'll be honest, I haven't always been the best at doing this. You get into a routine of sleep, work, eat, sleep, repeat and it can be challenging to do something that makes you happy whether that's big or small. Which sounds crazy but the fun parts of life can easily get pushed to the back burner.
I’ve started noticing so many #selfcaresunday posts on social media and have been really inspired. I love to see what people from all over the world are doing in terms of self care. I also love the idea of taking dedicated time out of your sunday to recharge your mind and get ready for the week ahead of you. One of my favorite quotes is “you cannot pour from an empty cup. you must fill your cup first.” And I really believe in this. For someone who has lived with anxiety for the past thirteen years I’ve come to learn that I am my best self when I take the time to fill my own cup. When I do the little things that make me happy and allow that happiness to spill over into other areas of my life.
While doing some research on how others define self care, I’ve found something that has really stuck with me. Self care is something that refuels us, rather than takes from us. Friendly reminder, it also is not selfish to take time out of your schedule for your own self care. For me this isn’t hard as I live alone and don‘t have anyone else depending on me. For others, this may be a bit harder to accomplish. But remember, taking that time to do even just one thing that makes you feel happy will positively affect you and those around you.
There are other layers of self care that I’m learning about and want to dig into more in the future but for now I want to keep it simple. Self care is something we can all do more of. For me personally, I’m hoping to share every Sunday some ways I am practicing self care. It is a good lifestyle change that I’m looking forward to incorporating into my life. If there are ways you are practicing self care, I would love to hear them! And if you aren't currently that's okay too! We can all start together and share this experience with one another.