Self-care has quickly become a buzzword. I mean, if you search, the hashtag on Instagram is used over 45 million times! But it’s more than just a pretty picture or indulgent purchase. It’s a necessity to take care of yourself. As women, we are natural nurturers. We put so much effort into making sure everyone around us is good that we frequently forget to care for ourselves, which can be detrimental to our mental and physical health. The most common excuse we use is I don’t have time. I get; I’m guilty myself. Whenever I’ve had a free moment, I feel mom guilt like I should be catching up on laundry or the million other things on my to-do list. But remember, we can’t pour from an empty cup.
Define what self-care is to you
Social media may make it seem like you have to make indulgent purchases or have lavish spa appointments, but you don’t. Figure out what works for you. If waking up 10 minutes earlier a day to have a moment of self-reflection is your thing, cool! Self-care will look different for everyone. It doesn’t have to be complicated, time-consuming, or expensive.
Take time out
Once you’ve figured out what will work for you, determine how and when you will do it. For something to become a habit, you have to do it frequently and consistently. Treat self-care like you do any other item on your to-do list. Adding it to your calendar if necessary. If you’re Type A like myself, having a visual reminder makes me want to get it done.
Give yourself grace
Now that you’ve defined what your self-care will look like and for how long, something comes up, and you don’t get to it. It’s okay. Instead of beating yourself up for not getting it done, try again tomorrow. No judgment or guilt trips necessary.
Remember you are someone who needs to be taken care of too, and taking care of you ensures you’re able to take care of those who depend on you!