“Treat yourself as you would a good friend.”
Cover image by Michelle Wingard
For the month of February, let’s focus on taking care of ourselves in the everyday moments, little and big.
This month, Michelle and I thought it would be worthwhile to focus on self-care. Bubble baths and naps are super nice, but self-care is so much more than that!
To me self-care is nurturing your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health regularly, if not daily.
It’s taking little steps each day in our decisions and priorities toward a healthy and purposeful life.
It’s listening to our bodies when we are hungry or need to sleep.
It’s letting go of past hurts and fears that make us feel like we don’t deserve better, because we do.
We can’t be the best versions of ourselves when we are run-down, exhausted, hungry, or discouraged. You know?
It’s okay to take time for yourself to grow, heal, rest, and do what you are passionate about. You can be a light to others, but don’t leave yourself in the dark.
My experience with self-care
During my freshman year of college, I had to learn how to be independent for the first time. I struggled with eating healthy meals regularly. I remember a time I would live off of green beans, french fries, and ramen. It was not a good time! I needed to change my eating habits because it’s a real blessing to have a healthy body, and it deserves to be nourished. Thanks to my awesome roomies, Rachel and Liz, I learned how to meal prep and cook healthy and easy meals.
I also had to learn how to balance my new social life with classes and schoolwork. I didn’t know how to say “no” to my friends when I needed to get things done or rest. I used to choose hanging out with them in the evening over taking care of my responsibilities. Because of this, I felt drained all the time.
Honestly, I needed to change how I took care of myself. It wasn’t until my senior year that I finally decided to put more effort into my mental, emotional, and physical health.
For this month I will be posting new ideas for practical and meaningful self-care on this blog on Sundays and Wednesdays. Stay tuned on THP’s Instagram for daily inspiration of ways I practice self-care too! (PS I hear Michelle will be sharing some yummy and easy recipes later this month!)
What does self-care mean to you? Comment below! I’d love to share ideas!
Petit à Petit,