Truly taking care of yourself can be hard, but don’t worry, we’re here to help.
Self-care has become a bit of a buzzword recently, but it’s not all bubble baths and bars of chocolate. Indulging in treats can be really enjoyable, but true self-care is about doing anything you need to take care of yourself. Examples of self-care could be something as boring as paying off an outstanding bill, or as difficult as addressing a toxic relationship. As your online cheerleader, we’re here to give you the confidence and tools you need to really look after yourself and planet. So it’s time to have an open and honest conversation about self-care. Stay calm, it’s not as scary as it sounds.
Self-care is about creating a life you don’t need to escape from
In order to truly put yourself first, the chances are you may have to cancel a plan or event that no longer feels right. It will be uncomfortable saying no at first, (when you are so used to say yes), but it’s important to put your needs ahead of others. Trust your gut, ask your own questions and listen to your own answers. You’ve got this.
Self-care can also be hard work
It can take time to do those things you’ve been putting on. It also might feel very difficult and even unpleasant as you shift into the headspace of someone who puts themselves first. So don’t be disheartened if you don’t immediately feel as empowered and uplifted as all those inspirational Instagram quotes you see. Try not to be too hard on yourself, judge yourself or punish yourself for any decisions you make. Be as forgiving to yourself as you would be to a friend, and remember that self-care is a journey, not a race.
Self-care can also be calming
When you are really looking after yourself and enjoying life, you can happily live in the present moment. That doesn’t necessarily mean mediating everyday or doing yoga, it just means practicing gratitude and be thanking for every day you get to experience in life. Use affirmations, a journal or whichever tool feel works best, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the new sense of chill self-care brings to your everyday.
You don’t have to tackle self-care alone
The biggest misconception about self-care is that you have to do it all by yourself. While it’s true that only you can work on your inner strength, you can lean on others by joining an exercise class, an online community (try ours!), or by speaking to a professional like a therapist. Life is not meant to be lived alone, and we’re always here for you.
If you’re starting to explore self-care you’ll probably really like the poem ‘Start Close In’ by David Whyte, which you can find here. Take a read, and share your thoughts @ranbynature or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Join our community conversation, and together we can create positive change for ourselves, other people and the planet.