Taking care of yourself is important.
But a lot of times, I think there’s a tendency to look at self-care as the things we do for fun or relaxation.
A bubble bath with a glass of wine. A night out with friends. Curling up with a mug of tea and a good book.
And surely, these things are all self-care.
But there’s a deeper (and dare I say more important) layer to self-care… a layer that’s easy to overlook.
Getting a good night’s sleep is part of taking care of yourself. Even more importantly, weighing whether a good night’s sleep or staying up late watching a movie with your spouse is what you need more is also part of self-care.
Exercising on a regular basis is another one. And also, not being mean to yourself if you miss a workout.
Drinking more water… that’s self-care.
And of course, eating good, healthy food… but then, so is indulging in a bowl of your favorite ice cream.
When it comes to finances, not buying things you can’t afford is self-care. So is contributing to your savings account. So is donating to a cause you love.
When it comes to scheduling, saying no to jobs you don’t have time for or don’t want to do… that’s self-care. So is outsourcing tasks you don’t enjoy.
My point here is that in a time when self-care is much talked over, we tend to romanticize it. And indulgences do play an important role.
But the backbone of good self-care is pretty mundane. Make good choices for the health of your body and mind at least 80% of the time. And then recognize that making frivolous choices during the other 20% — eating that whole slice of cheesecake even though it’s huge or staying up late to watch a movie — play a role too.
So, I guess… just keep in mind that you’re always taking care of yourself (to one degree or another). All of your decisions reflect that. So find your balance. Be good to yourself most of the time. And when you’re not “good” to yourself, be kind to yourself about it. Do the boring things — sleeping, exercising, and eating well. You’ll be happier, healthier, and less stressed because of your efforts.
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