When it comes to self-care, oftentimes we are one track minded and have a single idea as to what self-care is and what it looks like. Allow us to define self-care on our terms.
Self-care, to us, is all about taking necessary actions to get (and keep) oneself in self-alignment, and personal peace. We believe self-care is the ability to prioritize one’s overall well-being – above all else – in the face of situations where love isn’t present. For example: Setting firm boundaries around the things you will or will not accept is a form of self-care. And so is simply putting your phone on “do not disturb” for 30 mins.
In this new era of soft girl season, let’s be more intentional in how we approach life.
Here are 7-Ways to self-care and make taking care of yourself a lifestyle.
“If you look good, you feel good. And when you feel good, you play good. And if you play good, they pay good.” - Deion Sanders
In other words, when you feel good, you live well — essentially. The way you feel about yourself, physically, usually precedes everything good in your life: Your income, your health, and your overall sense of self.
Physical exercise has been proven to improve cognitive performance, and your overall productivity, which can help you think clearly and make better decisions. It's also been proven that when you put more effort into your physical appearance, your sense of self and identity is improved.
In short: Look good, feel good.
I want you to pause for a moment and consider the ways that you’re currently prioritizing your mental health. Are you stimulating your mind through the things you read, podcasts you listen to, television you watch, people you follow on social media, and the music you consume?
If your answer is “No,” it's time to do some personal inventory and cut out the excess noise.
Your mental health is absolute wealth, and by being mindful of what is entering your mind, you give yourself a better opportunity at being more balanced and at ease in your everyday living. Cutting out the noise is a form of self-care.
Let’s try pausing again. I want you to reflect on the ways you speak to yourself. What is your self-talk like? Are you speaking to yourself like a dear friend; someone that you love?
Emotional self-care by way of affirmations, daily devotionals, journaling helps with self-acceptance, self-esteem and overall self-confidence. Implementing healthy coping mechanisms in your daily habits is the ultimate form of self-care. This is how you treat yourself well, and expect others to treat you, too.
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Spirituality is what I believe the “anchor of life” is. It is what helps keep us grounded and in alignment with our purpose. Through spirituality is where we find meaning. Without a strong spiritual foundation, I truly believe it's easier to be “lost.”
When things are a bit hazy, spirituality encourages us to surrender and release our worries to a greater force. Releasing our grip on the things we cannot control is self-care.
Just because you can pay for something, it doesn't mean you can afford it. And just because you cannot afford something at the moment, doesnt mean youre “broke” either; you’re simply on a budget, and budgeting is good for managing stress.
Redefining the way we speak about our finances (and ourselves) is key to managing our money, which in the long-run helps us take better care of ourselves.
There's a famous idiom that says, “It takes a village to raise a child,” and we’d like to add to that.
We not only agree with that sentiment, we also believe that “It takes a Community to heal an adult.” While some of us like to self-isolate in times of emotional crisis, it's imperative that we have a strong foundation (community) to “isolate” with. The bible says that “It is not good for man to be alone.”
Good friendships have the ability to heal us. Good friendships help us to be seen. Good friendships make us feel loved. Instead of isolating yourself, find a tribe of people who “get it.” Now THAT is a form of self-care.
Believe it or not, our environment shapes our mood, self-esteem and overall well-being. It’s important that we take up space in rooms that are cohesive to our nervous system and continuous emotional growth. Our work environments, our living spaces, all contribute to our overall mental and emotional health. Choosing these spaces carefully is a form of self-care.
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There are many ways one can be intentional about their self-care routine. These 7-ways are a general starting point and ones we highly recommend on your journey to putting yourself first, and enjoying your soft girl season.
What are some ways that you’re taking care of yourself in this new season? What would you like to implement in your self-care routine? Let’s carry the conversation to the comments.