Self-care is something that has become increasingly popular recently and honestly, I had never heard of such a thing until about a year ago! With social media and other outlets screaming to take care of yourself, I believe self-care is getting the attention it deserves. It is important to realize that we are human beings, not robots. As much as we may want to go, go, go, it is IMPOSSIBLE to still function normally + efficiently if we do not take intentional time to care for ourselves.
One stigma associated with self-care is that only women need it and that is simply not true. Every single person has struggles in life and while some may handle stress and anxiety differently, we all need time to wind down, including men. I think if anything, men may need it more than women! In our culture, men are taught to keep things in, be tough, and one my favorites, “act like a man”. If men are not allowed to share their thoughts and feelings, we end up with — well, the world we live in today, full of egotistic, self-centered men who are truly hurting on the inside. I encourage men to talk about their feelings and emotions, because sometimes, that’s all self-care is; simply talking about your feelings.
I personally like to think of self-care as intentionally putting myself first. Growing up, I always thought that putting myself first meant that I was selfish. It wasn’t until my early twenties that I realized putting myself first was essential to my mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health. Sometimes self-care for me is a quiet morning with a hot cup of coffee. Other days, it means taking a personal day home from work in an over-sized t-shirt and literally doing nothing all day long. Obviously those are the tougher days. I plan to talk a lot more on the topic of mental health and the reasons why I absolutely have to have “me” time in later posts! Do you practice self-care? If so, how? Let me know in the comments!
Peace, love and positivity to all!
Check out these mood feelers I created to help set the tone for the day and to later reflect on how you did! Feel free to download and fill them out on your own! Save them in your camera roll to track your progress over time as you practice more self-care and reflection.