Self-care is key in staying sane, empowered, and ready to face the challenges each new day brings. Self-care is also incredibly individual and depends on your own personal experiences and needs.
For me, self care is about expression. When I hear people say they can’t remember the last time they cried, I just can’t believe living like that. Mostly because the last time I cried was when a particularly sad song from Next to Normal played on the drive to work this morning and subsequently ripped my heart out. But, I digress. The point is that I find expression to be incredibly cathartic, and that feeling strongly is not a reason to feel silly or ashamed. Self care is about listening to yourself, trusting yourself, and protecting yourself.
If you need to take a shower and cry before you think you can handle anything else, do it. If you need to write down the reasons why a particular action made you so angry, do it. If you want to drive with the windows wide open and sing to your favorite playlist because you’re feeling amazing, DO IT!
My other favorite self-care lifestyle tip is to learn prioritization. Preparing a fresh dinner, meditating, and journaling before bed each night is unrealistic for many of us, but you can prioritize yourself in other ways. Make lists so you don’t forget an errand midday and have to create more stress for tomorrow. Cook some extra foods on the nights you eat at home so you can save time making lunch the next morning. Get some fresh air, even if it just means cracking the bedroom window. Take a walk. Read a book. Write a journal entry. Do something for yourself. You’re worth it.