Self-care is a term or buzzword that sometimes we all roll our eyes at because we think “How do I have time in my day for fancy self-care?”. I will let you in on a secret: It can be SIMPLE.
Ask yourselves these simple questions:
- Who modelled self-care for you growing up?
- Did they regularly fill up their own cup or did they rarely prioritise their own needs resulting in them feeling burnt out?
We need to give ourselves permission to make small acts to care for ourselves. This doesn’t always look like candles and bubble baths (although they are fantastic). Self-care can look like moving your body, eating a well-balanced meal, getting 8 hours of sleep, getting fresh air or vitamin D, reading a few pages of a book, taking a moment to reflect on your day, listening to your emotional needs, or fostering a relationship that brings you joy.
Self-care can enhance self-confidence, increase productivity and happiness, and reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer (National Council for Mental Wellbeing, 2022). In order to be our best selves for our partners, friends, children, colleagues and people in our community; we must fill up our own cups.
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