If you have been following me for any amount of time, you know how important I think self-care is to women and especially to women who have children. I have talked about it before on the blog and talk about it quite a bit on my Instagram feed but I think the self-care lines can be blurry for people who are not used to it.
It’s important to know that self-care is not a bad thing. At all. Whether you’re a new parent, working at a stressful job, or in a difficult situation, it’s really easy to hit a wall. And even when you’re not in a difficult or new situation, I still truly believe it’s vital to take necessary steps in ensuring you take care of yourself in the best way you know how. There is an immense amount of truth in the saying “you can’t pour from an empty cup”.
If all you’re doing throughout the day is exhaling, meaning taking care and serving everyone else’s needs, who’s taking care of you? There’s a reason pilots tell you to put on your mask first and then help others in the event of a tragedy. You can’t help anyone if you’re not inhaling (taking time for yourself, filling your cup up, breathing deeply in peace, etc.).
For me, self-care is not getting my hair done or going to the grocery store by myself. Yes, those are nice things but they aren’t making my soul sing. They’re just giving me some much needed life in my hair or food in my pantry! Below I listed a few of my favorite simple ways to highlight self-care.
- Light your favorite candle and take a bath
- Go for a walk run
- Try a new workout class
- Grab a cup of coffee with a friend
- Read a new (or old) book
- Go outside and get some fresh air
- Grab a journal and start writing down all the things your grateful for
- Turn the music up and dance it out in the kitchen. With a glass of wine!
- Put down your phone (or at least stop scrolling)
- Plan a trip you’d like to go on someday
- Treat yourself to something new
- Call a friend or family member
- Write out goals for yourself
- Make a new recipe
- Go through a closet and get rid of things (I always feel so much better when I declutter a corner of my house)
- Print some new pictures that have been living on your computer for too long
- Try a new hobby
- The thing about this one is I’ve heard people say they aren’t “good at hobbies” or they don’t know what to do. There’s a million hobbies out there so I’m not buying that first excuse. You’re not going to know what your new hobby will be or what you will love until you try a few! You’re first new thing you pick up will probably not be the one you love (or maybe it will!) but eventually you will find it.
- Visit an antique store or farmers market
What are your favorite methods of self care? Anything you love to do when you’re having a difficult day? I’d love to hear it in the comments. I’m working on bringing more wellness related content into this space since I don’t think it’s talked about nearly enough and I’d love to hear what you want to read more about!