Let’s focus less on the “do” aspect of self care, you know the weekly manicures and face masks.
Yes taking care of yourself is very important but there’s more to self care than taking a nice bath or getting a new haircut. Self-care is a mindset, a way of taking care of your mental and emotional needs on a deeper level. A dedication to addressing and prioritizing personal needs. Self-care can be as simple as remembering to take care of yourself, with the same level of importance you would place on those you care for, like a partner, children, or friend.
Because we are all individual, what we need in regards to self-care differs, and can change within an individual throughout their life.
Self-care is a mindset, a way of taking care of your mental and emotional needs on a deeper level
At its core, self-care is just that: caring for oneself. You don’t actually need money or outside resources to take care of yourself; the most important part is focusing on your needs and meeting them. Your needs don’t need to have a price tag attached to them in any capacity to be valid.
Your mindset is how you approach life. It’s made up of your beliefs and your attitude.
Self-care can be as simple as remembering to take care of yourself, with the same level of importance you would place on those you care for
What’s going on in your head matters because your stories and your habits create your reality. Having a mindset self care routine is as important as looking after yourself physically. So how about this for a new version of self-care, by simply taking a few minutes of your day to check in with yourself. Life gets difficult, and giving yourself space to acknowledge that fact is crucial to making you feel better. Sitting down for a few minutes at some point during the day and taking stock of what’s going on makes a difference. If you want to, you can even leave yourself a little note, or list the positive things you’ve done lately. Maybe your big accomplishment for the day was simply getting up. There are definitely times when getting out of bed is an accomplishment in and of itself.
Buying things and saying “treat yourself” are great, don’t get me wrong.
Sitting down for a few minutes at some point during the day and taking stock of what’s going on makes a difference
But just throwing money at the idea of self-care doesn’t mean you’re actively taking care of yourself. Focus on your mental health, and not just in ways like a haircut. Maybe it means acknowledging that your mental health is not great and taking the steps within your power to make it better. Maybe it means making a conscious effort to get outside more or to incorporate more positive thinking into your daily routine. Self-care can simply be putting your phone down for 30 minutes a day to decompress from the shit-storm that is life. Peace of mind is free.
Try to think of dedicating time for self-care like oxygen.
Peace of mind is free.
These are things which energize and breathe life into you so you can take care of you and of those around you. No matter how busy you are, taking a few minutes every day to do something for you, that addresses your primary needs, will go a long way towards your overall health and wellness.