Self-care isn’t just bubble baths, face masks, and a glass of wine. In fact, self-care is something that has become a hot topic on the internet these past few years, but let me tell you- posting pictures of your bath bomb changing the water in your tub while you drink your glass of wine with a facemask on is the perception of self-care, but self-care is so much more than this perception.
Self-care is learning to slow down and enjoy the scenery in this fast paced world that we live in. It is saying no because you won’t find pleasure in that opportunity. Self-care is thinking about how you can make your day better, rather than only focusing on making the days of others better. Self-care is NOT selfish. You cannot care for others or put your best work into a project if you do not take care of yourself.
Self-care takes work and discipline. My fiancé told me nine years ago, when we started dating, that I would never love him or anyone to my full potential until I learned to truly love myself. The way that I have learned to love myself is through self-care, which has never included a bubble bath, facemask, and a glass of wine. For me, self-care is making sure that I workout, drink water, and eat healthy most days of the week because I feel best when I workout and fuel my body well. It is also connecting with my family, especially now that we live far away and COVID is preventing us from travels. Self-care has become a structured routine in my life and because of this I am better able to help others and to complete high quality work.
I challenge you to make time this week to take care of you. I can assure you, it will be life changing and it all begins with one intentional step.