I often find myself referring to this word often, but what exactly does this mean? Self-care has been around since Ancient Greek times as a way to make people honest citizens who were likely to care for others. Today, self-care can be defined as an activity that we do with purpose to our self, to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. This can take many forms, as self-care is individualized to our needs. What works for my mental and physical well-being may not work for you, and vice versa. I am actually quite happy that this term is so popular as we often neglect our own well-being for the sake of others. I did not realize this until I became a Mom, as I am always putting my family’s needs before myself, which isn't exactly the best thing to do! When I do this, I am often tired, irritable, and not the best person I can be. I know in order to support my family, I need to be well! Being well in all areas of life make us better partners, parents, and human beings.
So ask yourself, what do I enjoy for self-care? Is it: 5 minutes of meditation during the day; getting your nails done; walking/hiking outdoors; or simply yoga. Whatever it may be, don't feel guilty about doing it as it helps you in the long run with your overall wellness. Personally, yoga, any type of fitness class / activity, and getting outdoors are what helps me refocus and grounds me.
If you also enjoy yoga and getting away to renew and rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul, there are wonderful yoga retreats that offer a chance to reconnect with yourself. Attached is an example of a great retreat that will help you reconnect with you!
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