When your workday quickly turns to night, it’s important to practice self-care so you can bounce back. Registered Nurse Colea Owens why you need self-care, and how you can take care.
Similar to prayer, self-care is the most necessary when it’s hardest to do.
Case and point—last week at work.
I came home and found myself terribly tired and unusually unmotivated. I didn’t want to think about coming back the next day for more. I figured I’d motivate myself by getting lost in my side project, Black Girl Blue Scrubs. The excitement lasted until I realized I was even too tired for that. I got on Instagram in hopes of finding something inspirational, but I wasn’t in the mood for anything anyone was posting. I need to practice some serious self-care.
What is Self Care?
Often we confuse Self Care as things that come from OUTSIDE of ourselves, like scrolling through social media, drinking, hanging with Friends, watching TV, or shopping. While these things are great distractions and wonderful ways to relax, they don’t always constitute as Self-Care.
Self care is taking your own energy and putting it back into you. It is renewing your energy and healing yourself. In short, it’s refilling your own cup. It creates a healthy sense of self through independent thinking and encourages a positive view of the world around you. Self care gives you room to inspire yourself FIRST, then make room for the rest of the world later. A few easy ways to do that are:
Put your energy into something that increases your strength, endurance and confidence. Even low-impact forms of exercise like active breathing, meditation, and yoga can be self-care.
From getting your hair done to painting your nails, there are many ways to practice self-maintenance. While you might be tempted to get the same service over and over again, sometimes a mix up can be just as renewing. Think how creative or innovate can you get with your style.
Make a meal, paint, write a song, or make up a dance. In my relaxing time, I like to make body scrubs. It’s fun, organic, and creative. I also have a small urban garden. It’s something that I put my energy into and can watch grow.
Don’t wait until your well runs dry to discover you’re a little off balance. Just like payday where you pay yourself first, set reminders to fill your cup first! Write down what inspires you to keep going, what stresses you out, and be aware of what you and your body need on a regular basis.
Self care is NOT a time to be critical— it’s a time to be honest and free! It isn’t always easy, but with practice and time, these moments give us what we need to go to work every day, be our best selves, and pour into the world.