Self-care is a term that has been around for some time now. However, Self-care began “trending” on social media, television, and in magazines when COVID-19 hit last year. Although washing our hands, wearing a face covering, and cleaning our surfaces are very important, Self-care is much more than that. We must love and take care of ourselves from the inside out. In doing so, we can’t be afraid to take an introspective look at ourselves; be transparent with ourselves. Now, I’m not saying this “soul searching” will be easy, because quite frankly we will probably find some things that need work, and we should work to improve those things. However, on the flip side, there are going to be some beautiful and amazing things you’ll find there as well, and those things need to be nurtured and celebrated!
When was the last time you paid yourself a compliment? Now some of you may be thinking… “Compliment myself?” Yes, compliment yourself! Too many people are starved for attention and affirmation from others; they don’t realize or can’t bring themselves to truly believe they have value, that they’re beautiful or handsome, that they are smart, creative, and/or gifted. When you can see your own worth, you can look yourself in the mirror and say, “you look great”, “you have what it takes” or “you did an awesome job”!
Self-care is literally taking care of oneself. So, what does that look like for you? For some it may be carving out alone time to meditate, read a book, write, or simply rest. For others it may mean taking a bike ride, going on a walk, doing yoga, or playing a video game; it may be taking in a movie with a friend, getting a massage, talking to a therapist, or getting away for the weekend. Whatever, you choose to do to destress and take care of your mind, body, and spirit, make sure it is authentic to who YOU are or want to become. Self-Care 101 | Psychology Today
Find out what makes you smile, melts your stress, takes away your fear, and gives you peace. If you haven’t started Self-care, get started now! If you have Self-care methods, be consistent with them. We must put an importance on ourselves; not to be selfish, but to be whole. Give yourself the gift of love, laughter, and good health; then you will be able to give of yourself wholeheartedly to others. Remember, you can’t pour from an empty vessel. Take care.