Self-care is trendy right now. You’ll likely see the word attached to bath oils, spa treatments, wine... And that’s all fine, but my issue is that this commodification of self-care means that people have started to believe that self-care is something you buy.
Guess what? It isn’t!
Don’t believe me? I did a podcast episode with SparkU a few weeks ago all about my unique approach to self-care. It’s 60 mins long, so have a listen for all the details.
Two major things.
Self-care is a practice. Meaning it’s something we have to do—and try—and learn over time.
And it’s definitely not a product. It’s not just a bath bomb or a bottle of wine! Your practice of self-care might include those things, but it’s so much more than that.
For me, self-care is a process of regularly checking in to acknowledge how you feel, ask yourself what you need, and attend to those needs. It has to do with getting to know yourself better by asking yourself questions, unpacking them, and then taking actions with the information you gathered.
It’s really simple in theory but not so easy in practice.
It takes time to pause and reflect on how you’re feeling, your emotions, your energy levels. It’s a bit of an assessment which you’d ideally do every day. Either first thing in the morning, part way through the day, or before you go to bed. It can take as little as 10 minutes.
Check out the full podcast for all the details.
Your friend in this journey,
If you’re wondering how to get started with a self-care practice, check out my Meaningful Mornings course. It’s a great way to carve space for yourself first thing in the morning with 15 mins of meditation + journaling.