Have you ever parted company with someone after a visit or a conversation and they told you to take care? I always thought this meant to be careful. However, it should also mean to take care of your emotional and physical needs. Many of us especially women seem to place our needs on the backburner. We push ourselves to the limit only slowing down when our bodies insist we slow down by shutting down. We need to allow ourselves to practice self-care.
The following is a quote from Cecilia Tran: “Self-care means giving yourself permission to pause.” If I needed to give a definition of self-care I would say it is the actions a person takes to optimize their wellbeing. These actions can include getting enough sleep, eating healthy, and exercising. It also includes the things you enjoy on a personal level. Your best evening may include taking a bubble bath with a glass of wine and listening to music. Another person may enjoy cooking a special meal. Every day you should do something to appreciate your body and benefit your wellbeing. You can do something small like closing your eyes and taking a few deep breaths.
Companies are starting to push expensive products for self-care. You do not have to spend $40 for massage oil. You can purchase a bottle of oil for $8 at the health store. Health stores also offer inexpensive aromatherapy products. You can go to your local drugstore and purchase Epsom Salt to soak with in your bath. Do not make self-care a stressful event. Spending a lot of money is not necessary for self-care. You can meditate or watch the sunset for free. I am not saying you should not spend money on self-care items. I occasionally treat myself to a massage. I am saying not to go above your budget.
I know many of us are busy with our careers and family. However, not taking care of yourself will eventually catch up with you. Give your body as much attention as you give your cellphone. Take time to recharge. Don’t wait for your body to rebel against you.
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