Self-Care is a term that is thrown around a lot lately, but what does it actually mean to practice self-care?
“Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health” - Psych Central
Although this may seem simple, it is often overlooked and is different for everyone. When practiced on a regular basis, self-care can help reduce stress, anxiety and build better relationships with oneself and others.
Today, it’s not common to stop and embrace an activity or thought in the moment. We become so overwhelmed with our endless to-do list, that we become stressed and disconnected from ourselves and others.
Here is a tip: Your to-do list with always be there, and there will always be more items to add to it. Knowing this, make sure to take time for yourself and for others.
Something as simple as setting aside two hours a week to do something you truly enjoy doing.
Here are just a few examples:
Read a book
Go for a walk
Attend a yoga class (Check out our classes!)
Enjoy a cup of tea outside
Write in your journal
Connect with a friend you have fallen out of touch with
Visit a new space
As we mentioned above, self-care looks different for everyone. The key is to find a way to connect with yourself. Your family, friends, work, etc. are very important, but you can not manage and enjoy your daily to-do’s, if you feel disconnected or overwhelmed. You should never feel guilty for taking care of yourself (mama’s we know this one is a hard one for you!)
Yoga as a self-care activity
Yoga is a great way to practice self-care. It offers a safe space to connect with your mind, body and inner self. If you’re new to yoga, it may take a few classes to let go of your day and truly connect with yourself! This is ok! Keep at it! Speak with your yogi (or connect with us), and work towards breathing and connecting with all aspects of yourself.
If you could choose one activity you want to do today, what would it be? That is most likely your self-care activity!
How do you practice self-care? What advice do you have for fellow moms who may find it difficult to practice self-care on a regular basis?