In today’s hectic world, we’ve developed a habit of thinking of everything else first and putting ourselves last. We stay longer at work, skip the gym more often, and refuse to say “no” when we need to. Sometimes we fed our pets better than we feed ourselves. We’re constantly multitasking - checking emails over breakfast and listening to audiobooks on our morning commutes. The truth is, we’ve gotten much better and much more efficient at doing everything but taking care of ourselves.
Somehow, we’ve gotten it into our minds that not only is this okay, that it’s actually a good thing that we don’t take enough time for ourselves - that we work hard and spread ourselves thin all in the name of being more efficient. Work hard. Hustle. Grind. These become mantras that some live by in the pursuit of success. Somehow things have gotten all topsy-turvy and we’ve convinced ourselves that turning that attention on ourselves is actually selfish.
It’s time we ditch this dangerous mindset and start being kinder to our minds and bodies. We owe it to ourselves to do better. After all, an empty glass can’t pour. Sooner or later, this habit we have of going, going, going will result in major burnout. It’s time we do ourselves a favor and start practicing some self-care.
Self-care doesn’t need to be anything major or groundbreaking. You don’t need to go on a yoga retreat to Bali or trek solo through the Costa Rican rainforests. Sometimes self-care is as simple as not answering your phone while bingeing on your favorite Netflix series or taking a long bubble bath with that book you’ve been meaning to read. It can be as simple as taking a walk or taking deep, meaningful breaths. Here are some simple self care strategies:
- Plan your meals to ensure you’re eating a healthy diet
- Ask for help when you’re feeling overwhelmed
- Say “no” if you don’t have the time or energy
- Schedule time for exercise, even just 10 minutes
- Declutter your bedroom
- Declutter your workspace
- Create a morning routine so you don’t feel rushed
- Start a gratitude journal
- Drink hot tea
- Apply a face mask and luxuriate while it works
- Find whatever makes you truly happy, and do more of it!
The method or means isn’t important - the important thing is to make sure that you do it. Don’t wait until you’ve made yourself sick. Self-care isn’t selfish, it’s smart.