Unless you have never left your house before– which after the year we’ve had I guess wouldn’t be that shocking– I am almost positive you’ve at the very least heard or read the term self-care before. Whether it’s on TV, being taught in classes, or showing up in your favorite magazines, it seems like the idea of self-care is everywhere. And that’s probably because it is. According to Google trends, the number of searches for self-care has quadrupled since 2015. People all over the world are looking for the next best thing when it comes to this topic, but do we really know what it is?
Often when we see self-care on TV, it looks like a day at the spa, an impromptu shopping trip, or taking a yoga class; and while those things *can* be self-care, it is also so much more than just that. Self-care is defined as the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health. That includes physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
So while I love a good spa day (…like, have you had a massage before? It’s life changing!!) it is so much more than that. It’s about listening to your body, your emotions, and the way that you feel when you’re in certain environments or around certain people. It’s about regular check-ins with yourself, learning what makes you feel happy and healthy and motivated and at peace, and acting on it.
For some, self-care might look like taking a nap or listening to their favorite music. It might be doing a face mask or taking a minute to just breathe. For others it could be doing the dishes or driving with the radio off while taking in the smells, views, and sounds, on the way to work. It could even look like setting boundaries with a friend who is constantly calling to vent without asking if it’s okay to first.
There is no right way to take care of yourself and what could be self-care for me, could actually be torture for you. 5am workouts might not be your jam. That’s okay!
There are opportunities for self-care all over. As you’re reading this now, I encourage you to think or say this next thing out loud.
What do I need right now?
If you can, give it to yourself. If you can’t, think about why you feel you need it or feel you can’t provide it. Today, I’m going outside in the sun. How are you going to take care of yourself today?