“How you do anything is how you do everything” is a famous quote, and it is especially true when it comes to self-care. You may have heard the phrase “self-care” floating around in the media, on your favorite podcast, or even amongst your peers. Self-care has been gaining more and more recognition as an important concept in our lives and many are now realizing the power of taking time for yourself.

Self-care is any activity we do deliberately to take care of our mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health. It encompasses both small daily practices such as eating healthy meals and getting enough sleep, and larger activities like attending therapy or taking a vacation. When practiced regularly and intentionally, self-care can help us become more resilient and better equipped to face life's challenges.

The act of self-care nourishes our well being in both tangible ways (better sleep/eating/exercise) as well as intangible ways (increased confidence). When we take regular me time to practice self-care we build up our reserves of energy so that when chaos inevitably strikes we are better prepared to handle the situation and respond with clarity instead of react with confusion or fear. Engaging in deliberate self care also allows us to gain perspective which can give us clarity on where we want our lives to go next.

When it comes down to it, everyone needs their me time— no matter how busy you think you are —that time should be protected at all costs! Here are some ideas for getting that much needed break:

• Take a walk outdoors - getting out into nature can be extremely calming
• Read a book - choose something that interests you but isn't too taxing
• Spend time alone - sometimes spending some solo time can be just what we need
• Take a bath or shower - relaxing in hot water can really melt away stress
• Meditate - mindfulness meditation doesn't require any special equipment or knowledge; just 10 minutes can bring huge gains in relaxation
• Journal - writing out your thoughts can be cathartic

We usually forget how important me-time is until we take it. Make sure your self care practice starts today!
Aria Fields