Self-Love Through Self-Care
Often when thinking of self-care, it is usually regarding trying to schedule it. Consequently, has anyone ever stopped to think about why we need to schedule time to take care of ourselves? Shouldn’t self-care be a natural instinct? The other day, I wondered if humans always had to be reminded to slow down, or did we evolve to keep pushing until we collapsed? Moreover, the idea of making time for self-care seems counterintuitive to our existence.
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs states humans basic needs include food, water, warmth, and rest. Therefore, one could extrapolate that self-care is in our DNA. Yet, we often deprive ourselves of nutritious food, water in favor of sugary drinks, and restful sleep. Specifically, think about the times you skipped breakfast to get a few more minutes of sleep. What about when you grab a donut on your lunch break to squeeze in a few more minutes of work.
Somewhere along the line, we traded breakfast for coffee, sleep for productivity, and our body and mind to the daily grind. Believe it or not, we continue to live with a high-stress level until it feels normal. On the other hand, those who manage to get adequate sleep, eat good food, exercise, enjoy hobbies, and vacation are seen as “goals” to aspire toward.
On the contrary, what if I told you it did not have to be that way? What if you could actually tackle those Pinterest Board goals? Imagine if your job and education were all there to facilitate your self-care. You do not have to imagine; it is true.
Incorporating Me Time
How? Learn to make yourself a priority. I will let you in on a little secret; if you fall apart, work and school will keep plugging without you. If you are self-employed, there is even more on the line. One way you can avoid the “crash” starts with as little as 10 minutes each day. For example, take 10 minutes to feed your mind and soul what it has been missing. Continuing to practice and explore self-care can leak into other areas of your life. Maybe you will dabble in a little bit of mindfulness. Perhaps, tinker with planning and scheduling, recovering misallocated time and energy. Or are you the vision board type of person?
At the end of the day, the goal is to lower our level of stress. Even if we can not change a stressful situation, we can learn how positively minimize the effects of stress on our lives and the lives of those around us. Moreover, the most minor changes can have the most significant results.
Please, tell me below your first step to incorporate self-care into your life.