Self-care is not about lush bath bombs or a day in the beauty salon. It means prioritising your needs, whether that's going to bed at 8pm, letting go of a relationship that no longer works or leaves you feeling drained.
Self care is about being kind to yourself, treating yourself the way you would
a cherished friend, forgiving yourself, or perhaps allowing yourself to not meet become a slave to impossible standards.
As women, we prioritise nurturance and caring for others. We are told as little girls that in order to be a good wife, mother, and/or human being, that we must be selfless; that we must put ourselves last and tend to others first. Yet, as most of us will have experienced, aircraft safety procedures insist that carers/mothers put the oxygen masks on first, before tending to others. Life's no different.
We live in a culture of busy, over-scheduled lives where we think we need to do it all, and do it perfectly. The mindset of being attached to the perfect outcome can be at the root of overwhelm or anxiety, and can cause you to feel stuck and disenchanted with life.
When we take time to nurture ourselves by taking good care of our body, mind, and soul every day, not just when we get sick, we increase productivity, enhance immunity, increase resilience, decrease stress, improve compassion for ourselves and others, enhance our ability to be empathic and create more energy to enable us to engage with life.