Self Care

Self Care is the part of our health care that is often overlooked. Usually because most people think “health care” and they default to what is shared with them at their next appointment with their doctor. Self Care falls on YOU as an individual and I think of it as feeding the body, mind and soul.

Eating well, exercising, sleep, drinking water, etc. are great healthy choices to make but they aren’t considered Self Care. Self Care goes above and beyond the bare necessities.

The most difficult part of Self Care for some women is to not have guilt surrounding it. We may have children, partners, parents, siblings, businesses, bosses, co-workers, volunteer positions, homes to take care of, and more. With all of these responsibilities, over time, many of us have chosen to put ourselves last, behind everyone and everything else in our lives.

Self care may be considered indulgent by some but truly, it can take as little as five to ten minutes a day.

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Think about it this way. When on an airplane, the flight attendants point out that in case of emergency, affix your own oxygen mask before helping those around you. The same can go for your life. Open up to the thought that you need to take care of yourself first and foremost.

Bold statement, I know. Here was my experience. It was something I had to learn to do. I had to give myself permission to put myself first. It started small. I looked at my day and carved out time I could have just for myself.

{honestly, the first day it wasn’t more than two minutes and it may have been while locked in a bathroom with kids knocking at the door}

Then I started to get creative. I started going to bed earlier so that I could wake up earlier. Those first couple of hours in the day, when my home is quiet, gave me the time and space to do what I wanted to do. From there, I created more Self Care routines for myself that help me feel happy and healthy. Some cost money, some don’t. Some take five minutes, some take a whole day. Regardless of how big or how small, each and every day I prioritize myself at least once and it is without a doubt what makes me better in both my personal and work life.