by Katie Goddeyne
I’ve been focusing on self-care quite a bit lately.
My best friend asked me to marry him on June 3, and things have been kind of a whirlwind ever since. Wedding planning is crazy and time-consuming and stressful and fun – so much fun – but it’s a lot for this particular introvert to handle on the reg.
Cue the latest and greatest interest in self-care, which is really just a trendy way of saying that I’m focusing on putting my wellness first both physically and mentally.
I learned some time ago that you absolutely, positively have to put yourself and your own needs ahead of anyone else’s. If you aren’t taking care of yourself, you’re risking losing yourself. I’ve gone that way before and have no intentions of taking the same route again.
So what does self-care really mean?
I think that varies from person to person. For me, self-care means a handful of things.
Ultimately, self-care should meet your own needs. These are just some of mine. I also keep in mind that some days, self-care looks completely different than it did the day before. For example, some days self-care for me is just taking a minute for a good cry. I’m a huge proponent of crying. I think it’s a great way to cleanse and reset. Seriously, try it. It’s not a staple on my list, but if my life demands it, I allow it.
Find what works for you and start working time in for it. Habit-setting can be difficult, but it’s worth it in the end – especially if it helps you to be the happiest and healthiest version of yourself.