Hint – Keep it Simple
Self-care. Just the notion of it sounds so charming–caring for one’s self–doing what makes you feel your best, showing yourself a little love. But it’s gotten messy… time-consuming, multi-stepped, all encompassing. Where does self-care end and optimally thriving begin? Do you need to work out for hours, drink a gallon of water, eat entirely clean… etc etc, every day in order to love yourself?
Absolutely not. While self-care can mean allowing yourself to splurge at Whole Foods, get perfectly scheduled waxes, or spend an entire evening in a water circuit at your favorite spa, it can also be way less involved. And it doesn’t have to be by-the-books healthy. Sometimes showing yourself a little love is just doing what feels good. The point is, it shouldn’t stress you out to make a little time for yourself each day.
If your days begin at the crack of 6am, and by the time you’ve dealt with a round-trip commute,a long, draining shift, and prepped for the next day of what feels like an endless cycle, it might be hard to know where to start. Sometimes, it can feel like we are too far gone to even begin loving on ourselves, which couldn’t be further from the truth.
Start by cutting out negative self-talk that makes you feel undeserving, and address your basic needs. Are you getting enough sleep? Are you staying hydrated throughout the day? You’ve gotta eat, so why not pick up a few healthy necessities and finally try that easy salmon sheet-pan recipe you’ve been eyeing on Pinterest. First see to the small stuff, and then pat yourself on the back with a little self-care.