If you’re anything like me, you’re always striving to take better care of yourself, and frequently falling short. <– Enter guilt cycle here. Blah.
And we recognize that isn’t helpful either. So what are hustlin’ entrepreneurs like us to do to take better care of ourselves without taking away from other priorities?
Self Care Can Be A Frustrating Obligation
We know we’re meant to get that annual exam, and that it is for our own good that we visit the derm to have that pesky mole looked at.
We’re reminded to value our health and prioritize self-care every time we read tragic headlines or hear about another person affected by the dreaded C-word (cancer).
And in more cases than not, we think we’re 10 feet tall and bullet proof UNTIL we’re the ones on the receiving end of a troubling diagnosis.
And despite this knowledge, we still frequently postpone these critical self-care practices.
And being the intelligent people that we are, we recognize that isn’t the right solution either but, “I’m doing the best I can, dammit!”
So, I’d like us to throw this pressure, obligation, and guilt out the window and finally take control of our self-care in ways that are FUN and don’t take away from the other priorities that we’re juggling like hot coals.
And here are a few self-care tips that I’ve experimented with personally that might also work for you!
- Choose a Self Care Month: For example, I like to choose the month of February every year for my annual check ups because of the LOVE theme. Being surrounded by chocolates at the grocery store and love decorations dominating store windows, it is easy to remember to show LOVE to myself. I mean, I am my #1 Valentine, yo.
- Be your #1 Valentine. I recognize that it might not be easy or natural for some to place themselves in the #1 slot in their lives. Especially as women, we tend to always be giving to others. If you’re struggling with putting yourself first in this way, try playing a little journaling game with yourself. Consider the top 5 ways that you’d show your #1 Valentine appreciation? Now, take those 5 things and do them for yourself. 🙂
- Plan ahead. Don’t assume that you’re just going to throw self-care into the schedule at the last minute. Nope. Self-care is something that requires intention, purpose, and planning. Make it fun by selecting a 3 day weekend every 90 days or so (or whatever frequency works for you) to rest, recharge, read a book, get a massage, mani/pedi. Put it on your calendar. Don’t cancel on yourself.
- Cut it out. Our culture in this day and age is notorious for packing our lives and schedules WAY too full. I can pretty much guarantee that you are trying to do too much. I recently read a quote that I strongly agree with, “time and space are modern society’s 2 greatest luxuries”. And if you want to give yourself more of today’s 2 greatest luxuries, start by cutting things out of your life and out of your schedule. As Seth Godin has been quoted in saying, “You don’t need more time. You need to decide.” So, what will you cut that will allow you to give more attention to what’s really important to you?
How do you practice self-care in ways that make it FUN and don’t take away from other priorities?