Self care, where to start

It seems that “self-care” is all the talk. To me, it’s not just about a fresh mani (but, you feel like you can conquer the world when you’ve got one, am I right?!) or spending money on fancy things. Yes, we all love those things, and I will never give up my once a month facials. Never.  But, it’s about loving yourself enough to make time and put forth effort to improving your mental and physical self, and making choices and habits that will stick with you long-term. And that might mean doing absolutely nothing sometimes. Yep, I said it, doing nothing.

Self care can mean some of the most basic things, consider some of these:

Sleep–you better believe I strive for 8 hours every single night. Early to bed, early to rise.

Drink more water–you’ve got to have it, plus your skin will thank you.

Make a healthy meal or plan your food for the week–dedicate a notebook to this, it will save you time and money. Yes, please.

20 min of doing nothing–put the phone down, sis.

Move your body–walk, run, yoga, pilates, bootcamp, just something.

Get your feelings out on the table–try meditating, journaling, praying, quiet time.

Doing something you actually want to do–reading, baking, take a long bath, listen to a podcast you’ve had saved for months, call someone special to you and just talk!

Clear your calendar–saying no to something you truly don’t want to do but agreed to out of obligation and letting go of things that no longer make you happy.

Let’s stop over-complicating things (like we always somehow seem to do). This isn’t something you are expected to be good at. We as women always tend to put others before ourselves, it’s our nature, how we are built. This is simply taking care of yourself for the long haul. Making choices that will serve and nourish your soul. Am I saying don’t get manicures and facials, hell no. Just know, those things are just things, and they don’t get to the depths of your heart and soul. That is where the magic happens.

What are your favorite ways to show yourself some love+grace?

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