Have you lost that lovin’ feeling? That feeling you get when your healthy habits are a part of your life, when YOU are a priority? That lovin’ feeling may need to be rekindled when you’re taking care of the people you love, putting everyone else’s needs first, and your needs start to slide to a far second.
Self-care is the everyday practice of making you a priority. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be something you’d do only if you had the time. By all means, treat yourself, but for most of us, spa days and all-out pampering aren’t practical in day-to-day life. Self-care can fit into any day.
It’s All About You
Self-care is what you do, for you, that makes you feel happy and healthy in your body, mind and spirit. Self-care can include a wide variety of practices and activities. It could be:
- A walk after dinner
- Making a smoothie instead of going without breakfast
- Getting to bed early, because sleep is important
- Taking 5 minutes just to yourself to breathe
- Putting on your favorite song and moving your body to your ability
Whatever it is, show yourself some love. Love yourself, be proud of who you are and own it.
Share the Feels
Your healthy habits make a difference to not only to you but to those around you. What you do on the daily will (and does) inspire others. Have you ever done something so completely ridiculous, called up a friend, shared what happened and laughed like it was going out of style? Have you done something so amazing that you couldn’t wait to get home to tell your family? Those are the best moments, right? Leading by example is all about living your best life, taking care of yourself and sharing it with those around you. There’s no easier way to spread the self-care message than loving yourself and enjoying your life.
Social media can be such a powerful tool, one that brings us together as a larger community. But what you see on social media isn’t always real life. Instead of getting wrapped up in comparisons and unrealistic expectations, spread the self-care message by joining conversations about real life.
Spread Love, Volunteer
You’re showing yourself some love, and feeling recharged, you may want to help other people take better care of themselves. There are many organizations that are always looking for volunteers. Check out your local community center or reach out to organizations that speak to you, to see what opportunities they have.