The Reality of Self-Care

“Caring for your body, mind, and spirit is your greatest and grandest responsibility. It’s about listening to the needs of your soul and then honoring them.”

Kristi Ling

When I say self-care, I am assuming what comes to mind is skincare, a relaxing night in, and all things glamour. The internet likes to take a term and create it into an aesthetic. I too, can easily get caught up in the glamorization, but I feel at its core self-care is more than putting on a face mask.

Sometimes it’s letting go of all the toxic people that bring negativity into your life.

Sometimes it’s getting to the gym and doing that workout you said you would do weeks ago.

Sometimes it’s learning how to stop people-pleasing and making yourself a priority.

Sometimes it’s doing the things you love without feeling the shame of what others might think.

Self-care is working on getting your life together and facing the challenges you need to face.

Taking care of yourself is probably one of life’s biggest challenges. And, unfortunately, most of us tend to put our own needs on the back burner. Instead, we spread ourselves thin for our work, friends, family, and other events taking place in our lives. Then, at the end of the day, we leave little time for ourselves.

To me, the reality is that self-care is hard. It’s a continuous work in progress that does not have an end date. And it’s something I struggle with every day. It’s important to remember that self-love and self-care are not selfish and the best version of ourselves. It’s essential to make ourselves a priority.

What do you do for yourself? And if you can’t think of anything, what is one thing you want to start doing for yourself?

Thanks for reading!


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