Self–care – everyone is talking about it, but what actually is it?
Self-care is anything that allows us to switch off, relax, and recharge our batteries (mentally or physically).
We wouldn’t let our mobile phone run out of charge, and yet how often do we ourselves function on empty? We run around trying to juggle a million different things, often trying to be everything to everyone, and yet, even if we do manage to tick off everything on our to-do list, we’re left feeling exhausted – and then start all over again the next day.
You may be reading this and thinking you don’t have a choice, and self-care feels like another thing to add to the list of things to do today. But you do have a choice, and even taking 5-10 minutes for yourself can make all the difference.
It’s so easy to put others first and forget to look after ourselves, or maybe think we are being selfish if we do. But I always think about the safety message on aeroplanes which asks us to put on our own oxygen mask before we help others with theirs. Basically, if we don't put ourselves first, we're in no position to help others!
Remember, self-care is never selfish – you can’t pour from an empty cup!
Taking time for yourself, whatever that looks like, is a priority, not a luxury.
What does your self-care look like? (For me, it’s a long walk, a cheesy feel-good film, or singing along to my favourite songs). Let me know in the comments below.
And if you have any specific questions about self-care and how to make it work for you, head over to my contact page and send me a message: Contact Me