Here is the thing… the world is a hectic place. Working is tiring. Commuting is tiring. People are tiring. It’s so easy to forget the toll everything you do during the week can take on your body and mental health. Recently, I’ve done a lot of research into self-care.
I started looking into self-care as I wasn’t really convinced. Those who know me, know that I give my all to those around me. I will do all I can to help those I care about and even some people I don’t care about. It’s just the kind of person I am and it’s not always a good thing, well good for me that is. I didn’t really see the need to stop and think about me. I also thought I was being selfish if I did. This summer was very challenging for me (I’ll go into this one at a later date) I put my sweat and tears (probably some blood too) into my job. I don’t regret this, I love my job and I love what I get out of it. However, I didn’t take care of myself and I was drained by the end of the summer. Honestly, if camp had been a week longer I would’ve just been a pile on the floor. Which is why, when I got home I looked into self-care and what it entails.
Self-care is the intentional action to look after your mental, emotional and physical health.
-Something I have not been very good at. –
It can be as simple as taking a bath, watching your favourite film or maybe, if you feel adventurous you could go to that museum your friend bailed on or the fitness class you’ve wanted to try for weeks! Anything that helps you feel good about you and you enjoy.
As I mentioned before, putting myself first isn’t always something that comes easy to me. So, for all of you out there that are like me:
It’s okay to want to spend time alone.
It’s okay to cancel plans because you’ve had no time to yourself in weeks.
It’s okay to put yourself first.
Which is why, I have made the decision to have at least one afternoon to myself. A period of time each week, which I dedicate to me, things I enjoy doing and helping re-energise myself. Normally it will be Sundays, well because the alliteration works so well and lazy Sundays are the best but I know sometimes life gets in the way and it will change.
Next week I’ll be posting some of my favourite self-care ideas!
Love Becky xx