My experience with self-care is like a roller coaster. For example, sometimes when I am anxious from anxiety, I know how to calm myself down. But sometimes I do things that make me even more anxious. Some days, I will give myself a break, but other times, I will never give myself a break. So I think I need to always give myself a break, just as you should always give yourself some slack when times are difficult.
One of the things I try to do is go for a run, or I try to lay in my bed with my cats and try to relax.
Out of the six types of self-care, the ones that stand out to me are my physical self-care and social self-care. Going more into detail about my physical self-care, every day I make sure I get enough sleep, exercise, go for a run, or just be outside, and that automatically makes me feel amazing. And my social self-care can just be reaching out to my friends to make sure that we don’t grow apart. I also make plans with my friends so we can spend quality time together and grow our relationships.
My challenge to you is to normalize self-care and break the idea that self-care is selfish. And know that it is essential for maintaining overall health and well-being.