The humour in this is that I’m terrible at self-care. So terrible in fact, that the idea of this post came to me while taking a forced day off from my FTJ because my boss was worried I might burn out. He was right. I’m thankful to have a boss that is also a friend (Truthfully, I spend more time with my co-workers than I do my friends..) and can notice when things aren’t right. Realistically, it should never get to the point that someone has to tell you to take care of yourself. I know this, you know this, we all know this so why is it so damn hard to follow through with?
For me, it’s a combination of a busy schedule, and a mad desire to get ahead in this life. I’m not interested in standing still in life and sometimes that means I fail to appreciate my smaller milestones. We can make all the excuses we want as to why it happens but we really need to understand why it’s important and how to incorporate it into our lives.
SELF CARE TIPS WE’VE ALL HEARD BEFORE BUT NEVER LISTEN TO
You can’t take care of others if you don’t take care of yourself
Roll your eyes all you want, you know it’s true. Do I really need to say anything else about this?
It’s badass to say “No” every once and a while!
Never feel shame in saying “no” to something that doesn’t fit in your schedule or you don’t think you could successfully complete without overdoing it. If you need a detailed explanation as to why refer to the tip listed above!
Find the self-care strategy that works for you
Everyone is different ( Duh!) so never feel you have to have the same routine as someone else! Find what works for you! Maybe is early morning yoga, or meditation, a stroll through the park on your lunch break or a 20-minute break with a book in the afternoon. Maybe it’s a monthly massage, mani/pedi or a date night with yourself to catch the newest movie on the big screen. YOU DO YOU!
Your self-care needs will likely change over time.
Everything changes over time. Your skin care needs, your sleep needs, your health needs, so don’t be naive to think that your self-care routine will always remain the same a year from now as it is today. You will add things, and remove things. The point is to take care of you, whatever your situation is at that time.
Schedule it in your calendar and make it a priority.
You need to stop scheduling your self-care around everything else ( Yes, I know you’re doing this because I have too!) and start scheduling everything else around your self-care! Obviously, there are things you cannot avoid, like work hours. So then the next thing you schedule is your self-care outside your work hours and then anything else after that. Consistency is key with this!
Connect with me using the #BIZSelfCare tag and let me know you’re doing with your self-care? What are your self-care goals for this upcoming week?