A quick word from our favorite, Caroline Slate!
Let’s do a quick check-in!
Our lives today are so fast-paced, filled with to-do’s, and future-focused it is hard to take a pause.
Are you constantly writing down and crossing off items in your calendar? Are you faced with constant pressures of balancing your work, social, and family lives?
Maybe this sounds like you?
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Do you feel like you cannot get out of a rut, you cannot find motivation, or there is so much on that list of to-do’s is becoming a schedule that you find routine in rather than enjoyment? You feel stressed, overwhelmed, and anxious.
While it is great to be driven, ambitious, and achieve our goals, sometimes we find value in this rather than ourselves.
As you get busy in your everyday “routines” it becomes really easy to not make yourself a priority.
How are you putting yourself first? How are you treating yourself? How are you prioritizing your mental health?
I am here to tell you that self-care is not selfish.
We often prioritize everyone and everything around us. However, if we want to bring our best selves, we have to take care of ourselves.
This can start with checking in with your mental health. This includes your emotional, psychological, and social well-being. This is what affects how we think, feel and act.
Sometimes our physical routines and habits can get in the way of tuning into our psychological and emotional needs.
Seriously though, where can you carve out time in your day to prioritize yourself?
While it may seem impossible to add more to your day, taking the time and effort to care for yourself will allow you to be more productive and bring your best self forward.
So, how can you put this to practice?
You can do this through self-care. Self-care is the regular and intentional process of devoting time to protecting and sustaining your mental health (Psychology Today).
Self-Care starts with giving yourself permission. Make this practice non-negotiable!
You are worth it!
Self-Care comes in different forms:
Physical: Depending on what your body needs, this can look very different. Some days it may be to close your eyes and breathe, others may be a walk, or a HIIT workout to release your built up tensions. Physical Care is a way to check-in with your body and become aware of how you build up tensions and emotions.
Emotional: You don’t need to tell everyone everything, but someone needs to know what is going on in your life! It is hard, we can all use advice and guidance!
Social: Who is that friend that is a phone call away? Schedule time to prioritize friends…coffee dates, phone calls, walks, etc.
Practical: Getting enough sleep, fueling your body properly, hydrating, giving yourself a spa day, etc.
Personal: This could look like your quiet moment in the morning with coffee or that nap you really need!
With our busy lifestyles and the hectic fast-paced society we live in we get caught in the world around us. In our social media driven world, we often highlight lives filled with copious amounts of positivity and joy, however, life is filled with ups-and-downs. It is what happens behind the scenes that is real and important.
You, my friend, are important! Mental Health can sometimes feel like a stop light that will never change.
When we take charge and invest in ourselves we are giving the green light to be successful in all areas of life!