Self care is defined as the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.
Self care is something that always gets pushed off until I can finish all the things on my mental to-do list that never seems to end.
I work as a teacher, and in my building, self care is priority. We are told over and over again that if we are struggling, we need to take a step back, re-evaluate and then dive back in. How else would you be able to juggle all of the duties that come with that of a classroom teacher.
It took me a while to really understand what self care was for me, because it is different for every person. Sometimes I need a quiet space to relax and unwind, maybe it is a bath after a long day with a glass of wine. Some days it is drinking my cup of coffee while it is still hot. I love to relax in the evening and watch one of my shows with John. Sewing is a creative outlet for me that I enjoy a lot and I get to watch my little ones wear the creations I make them, which makes me even happier.
The point is, don’t let self care drop to the bottom of your to-do list! Figure out what self care looks like to you and take the time to put you first because YOU DESERVE IT!