Self care is not an activity.
While self care can be indulging in a day at the spa and binging your favorite show for a night, it can (and should!) manifest in the form of prioritization, routine, and honesty. That is, how we structure our days, talk to ourselves, and assess our needs can impact our day-to-day, and ultimately, the overall big picture.
Have you ever found yourself saying, “I’m too busy to (insert preferred self care activity)”? How can you integrate strategies into your daily routine that alleviate stress, allow you more time, etc? Even further, how can you prioritize and schedule in said preferred self care activities into your calendar?
The idea is that taking care of oneself on a routine basis, and in small, realistic ways, serves as a preventative measure from feeling burnt out and ensuring that you have time for you!
Self care is a skill, specific to each individual, that requires time and practice to cultivate, especially when we are busy!
(So remember to be patient and kind to yourself when learning and fine tuning this skill!)
When you’re busy and overwhelmed, it’s easy to berate yourself when things go awry. However, there’s no rule that says you must carry the weight of the world on your shoulders-in fact, in these moments, it’s important to take a step back, be kind to and take care of yourself.