What is self-care? Some people confuse the practice of self-care with doing a mud mask or buying an expensive new purse. While everyone can use a “treat yo self” moment from time to time, true self-care is about the relationship you have with yourself!
“The relationship with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship you have.” –Robert Holden
Respecting yourself and having a positive self-image are crucial to not only your own wellbeing, but also building healthy and happy relationships!
Would you be in a relationship for the rest of your life with someone you didn’t like? Of course not! Have the same respect for yourself as you do for other people.
“Your body hears everything your mind says.” –Naomi Judd
Forming a healthy relationship with yourself doesn’t happen in a day. Self-care isn’t a one-time activity—it’s really about changing your mindset over time.
An important first step is recognizing your negative habits, like destructive self-talk. Do you say negative things about yourself? Don’t! Be kind and forgive yourself—mistakes can and will happen. Next time, give you the same support you’d give a friend with the same problem.
“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation.” –Audre Lorde
Another step on the road to self-care is figuring out what works for you and your well-being. There’s no right or wrong way to “do” self-care. For some, self-care is setting aside 10 minutes to meditate every morning. For others, it’s treating themselves with essential oils to help relax and rejuvenate.
Today, give yourself time to reflect on YOU and discover your own personal style of self-care. Today, love yourself!