Self-Care Is Not Selfish
We are constantly telling ourselves that we don’t have time to slow down. We’ve got to hustle. We have to get that project at work finished for our demanding bosses. We have to work-out every morning and make healthy dinners for our families every night. Then we have to do the dishes. And then there’s the laundry, and vacuuming, and carpool, and grocery shopping, and...and...and...And we’re exhausted.
With all of this going on in our lives, we divide ourselves until there’s not much left to go around. We end up giving the world what’s left of us, instead of the best of us. It’s time to change.
At first, taking a time-out for yourself can feel selfish, but it isn’t. When those guilty thoughts creep in, try to replace them with something more positive. REPEAT THIS MANTRA: Self-care is not selfish. Self-care is not selfish. Self-care is not selfish. Remind yourself that you matter. And remember, that you can’t really give others the best of who you are without taking care of yourself first...mentally, spiritually, and physically.
Here are a few things you can try to become a successful self-care expert.
Pencil It In
Sometimes we need a gentle reminder to take care of ourselves. Add “me-time” to your calendar or schedule it in your phone and stick to it. Doing this not only reminds you that you’re just as important as everything else on your schedule, but also gives you something nice to look forward to.
Catch Some Zzz’s
The benefits of getting enough sleep are endless. When you get enough rest (seven to eight hours a night for most of us), you’re happier, healthier, prettier, stronger, and smarter. Give yourself a regular sleep schedule and try to stick to it as much as possible.
Drink It Up
If you’re like most of us, when you’re tired you thrive on caffeine, whether it’s a cup of coffee, a matcha, an energy drink, or a diet soda. We chug these things on the regular. Now, there’s nothing wrong with any of that, as long as it’s in moderation, but if you’re drinking more coffee than water, you should consider switching things around. Make sure you drink at least 64 oz. of water a day, if not more. When you’re properly hydrated your body and mind work better, plus you don’t feel as hungry.
Indulge in Pampering Yourself
What’s more pampering than great ingredients used ineffective products that are fun to use? Not much! If you haven’t, discover your favorite pampering products from Perfectly Posh and indulge in using them every day. Whether it’s a few minutes with a Big Fat Yummy Hand Crème while you’re stuck in traffic, making yourself feel more pretty with a tint of lip moisture, or a full-blown facial routine that includes multiple masks and luxurious serums that you do weekly, go on and give yourself the permission to pamper. Everyone is welcome! You deserve it!
Self-care is an art and it takes some practice. The good thing is, it doesn’t take that much time. Seriously, you can do tons of things to take care of yourself in under 30 minutes a day. The trickier part is promising yourself that you’ll do it! Now is the time to give yourself permission to love yourself unapologetically and get started.