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Embrace Self-Care

“Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, you are worth the effort.”
– Deborah Day

Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.

Self-care is define as “care provided ‘for you, by you.’ It’s about identifying your own needs and taking steps to meet them. It is taking the time to do some of the activities that nurture you. Self-care is about taking proper care of yourself and treating yourself as kindly as you treat others.”

Self-care has many names; some call it self-love, me-time, or a devoted hobby… whatever you may call it… it is important to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself. Believe it or not, some people view self-care as selfish or inconsiderate. When in actuality, it makes you more effective and energetic. Caring for yourself is important for you mental, physical, and emotional health. It benefits your mind, soul, and overall wellbeing.

Keep it simple when it comes to self-care and listen to your intuition. Some examples of turning inward or simplicity are: make a date with yourself, spend an hour alone doing something that nourishes your soul, paint, read, unplug, journal, meditate, nap, or connect with a spiritual practice that connects with you. Some examples of physical self-care are: decluttering your space, gardening, taking a long bath or shower, stretch, fun, walk for a few minutes, spend time with friends that make you laugh.

Don’t complicate it or put too much thought into this practice. If you find yourself digging too deep to find something “to do” for self-care… start small. Sit in your favorite chair, color with your children, or smell your favorite essential oil. It could be as small and simple as that… to refocus yourself and recenter your energy. Self-care should not be seen as a reward, it should be a natural part of your beautiful journey.

– Jessica Smith, B.S.