For years, I believed that self-care was a beautiful, sexy, impressive, grand event. I thought self-care was a day at the spa, massages, tropical vacations, weekends away with girlfriends, and long bubble baths surrounded by candles. I thought self-care was about pampering yourself, but most self-care is not beautiful.
Most self-care is not beautiful
I know now that most self-care is simple, unimpressive, ordinary acts. Self-care can be a big thing, but more often it’s all of the little things, the decisions we make throughout the day that collectively help us show up as the best version of ourselves. The best self-care is intentional, proactive, consistent, and persistent. Self-care is not beautiful.
Self care is…
Waking up at 5am to workout before your kids get up
Letting yourself go bed instead of folding the laundry
Sitting in your car in the driveway for an extra few minutes of silence
Staying up later than planned to have a drink and adult conversation with your husband
Making a to-do list to clear your mind
Have a difficult conversation with a friend
Wearing your favorite outfit
Showering without an interruption
Drinking a glass of water before your coffee in the morning
Self-care can be big, bold, and beautiful, but most self-care is ordinary, everyday, and seemingly insignificant on it’s own
Don’t underestimate just how powerful all of the little bits of time you make for yourself are. Keep going.