I have to confess I haven’t always been good at self-care. A
few years ago, I didn’t understand what it meant let alone know what my self-care
needs were. I didn't have a self-care mindset.
I used to “treat” myself at the end of a very long week with
some shopping. Sometimes I would “treat” myself to a pedicure. At the time It
was as though self-care was reward for working my ass off. That it had to be
earned. That it was optional.
Since then, I’ve been exploring self-care and what it means
to me. I’ve tried everything and anything that sounded remotely interesting, inspirational,
restful and enriching. It was a blast.
I’ve read books, started journaling, added inspiration to my
social media feeds, dumped negativity from my social media feeds, learned a
little astrology, got a natal chart reading, took two mindfulness classes, and started
a meditation practice.
When I ran out of ideas, I thought about what I liked to do
when I was a kid. The first thing I remembered was taking morning walks by
myself. Painting, drawing and writing were also a large part of my life when I
was young. I’ve started to add those creative activities back into my life. And
I’ve started walking in the mornings again.
I’ve also learned that setting boundaries in my relationships
is self-care. Speaking up for myself is self-care. Living my values
consistently is self-care.
And I’ve learned that self-care isn’t a “treat” at the end
of a long week. Self-care doesn’t have to be earned. It’s care for our bodies,
our mental health and our whole self.
So now, I have a mindset of self-care. A mindset that
supports my need for self-care. One that helps me prioritize my self-care, prioritizes
My mindset of self-care:
Self-care are the activities and ways of being that enrich,
protect and fulfil you.
Self-care can be scheduled to fit in your busy life.
Self-care is not optional.
Self-care makes you more “you”.
Self-care is the fuel to your being.
What is your mindset of self-care?