I've wanted to write a post about self care and self love for a while now - I've seen many social media posts about this recently, and I think it's such an important aspect of peoples' lives that often gets overlooked.
These days, people are busier than ever, and I feel like sometimes being busy is seen as being successful, or important. I've been off work for a couple of months now (see my blog post on chronic pain), and while I've actively been working on going to various forms of rehab for my injuries, I've often felt guilty for spending so much time on self care. For example, I've felt bad for exercising, even though I feel so much better when I'm active - I've had to make a lot of modifications to my gym and post workout recovery routine (ice, ice baby), so why am I feeling guilty?! I think it's because I'm not "super busy", so I equate that with feelings of guilt or unworthiness. This is something that needs to stop!
Self care is so important - it's self love. And it can look different for each individual. For example, one person may love unwinding with a glass of wine and a good book, whereas another might benefit more from going out with a group of friends.
Some of my favourite forms of self care are good nutrition, regular exercise, and spending time with friends and family. These are the things that I would do even if I was able to work, so it's kind of ridiculous that I feel bad for devoting so much time to them while I'm recovering.
This post was short and sweet, but I hope it can act as a helpful reminder for those of you struggling with self care and/or self love. I'll leave you with a quote that I'm trying to learn from and embody:
"You can't pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first."