Self Care is not Selfish
“When you put your needs last, you’re like a plant without water that’s worried about providing enough shade for others.”
We’ve all heard these words before: “You can’t pour from an empty cup”. In other words, if you aren’t taking good care of yourself, you can’t effectively take care of others. It’s so important that you find the time for self-care, especially during these times.
So, here are 7 ways you can practice self-care.
1. Stay Nourished 🥗
They say you are what you eat. Care for your body by fueling it with healthy, nourishing meals, snacks and smoothies! Be mindful of certain foods that don’t make you feel good and consider eliminating them from your diet. With the weather getting warmer, remember to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water throughout the day.
2. Sleep Well 💤
This is not only about how many hours of sleep you get, but also about the quality of your sleep. You work hard throughout the day, so take the time needed to restore. While it’s ideal to get at least 7-9 hours of sleep, make sure you feel comfortable while you are and that you’re waking up feeling well-rested.
3. Get Active 💪
Physical activity is great for your body and mind. Your brain releases endorphins, a feel-good brain chemical that helps to reduce stress. You deserve to feel good! Plus, it boosts your energy, immune system and improves sleep. So, strap on your running shoes. A nice 30-minute walk is all it takes.
4. Connect with Others 📞
Whether it’s a family member, friend or colleague, connect with someone you know and trust. Know when to ask for help when you need it. That is a form of self-care.
5. Take a Pause 🛑
Stop, slow down, and make time for breaks. Listen to calming music, journal, meditate, take a few deep breaths or stretch. Taking a pause is a great way to pace yourself and reset.
6. Be Kind to Yourself 🥰
Never be so hard on yourself! Embrace yourself fully – all your mistakes and accomplishments. We are human after all. Know that you are doing the best you can. Try this: Look in the mirror and say something kind to yourself each day.
7. Stay Committed
Build a self-care routine and stay committed to it. Without a doubt, the demands of life can be stressful. So especially now more than ever, remember to first fill up your own cup. Find what feels good to you, stick to it and Keep Going!