Self-Care Shouldn't Be A Dirty Word

Self-care has gotten a bad rep. More and more, people are talking, posting and sharing their self-care habits and rituals but this practice is more than face masks and wine, self-care is about adopting a whole new way of life. By looking at the bigger picture, you can adopt some new practices that can make life easier, make you feel lighter and a more positive person at the end. Here are five self-care practices you can implement right now without spending a dime. Remember to listen to your body, it’s telling you exactly what you need! 

Say no. As women, we are prone to stretching ourselves so thin we have nothing left to give, but as the old saying goes, you can’t pour from an empty cup. Declining invitations used to make me anxious that I had turned down the opportunity of a lifetime but I quickly realized that it’s more important for me to be rested, happy and healthy than to make an appearance at an event. Try it, say no. Just say it. 

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Accept your flaws, they do not define you. Easier said than done but important none the less. Give yourself a much-needed break from negativity and criticism, the harsh words you say to yourself can really begin to weigh you down. When a negative thought about your body, life or personality come up, just let them go and accept who you are in that moment. 

Nourish your body! This is one of the most important but overlooked self-care practices. As much as I love junk food or treating myself to ice cream after a great day, it is so important to fill your body with healthy foods to help you make it through the day. The difference I feel after eating a pizza and after eating a huge salad are very different. Helping your body heal, repair and regroup through healthy foods is one of the best things you can do to keep yourself going throughout your busy schedule. 

Let it go. I used to hold grudges like it was my day job, the only thing I learned from doing this is it’s tiring and makes you ugly. When it comes to difficult situations, disagreements or mistakes, let them go, you’ll feel much lighter after you do. 

Give yourself something to look forward to! Self-care is all about taking time for yourself, if you’re feeling stressed or overworked give yourself something positive to think about. A light at the end of a week-long tunnel, if you will. This can be a hamburger, a yoga class, a night-out or in. What you reward yourself with doesn’t have to be monetary, it just has to make you happy.