It seems these days everyone is throwing around the word “selfcare” as just another trend. Photos are posted with face masks, skincare products, etc. all with captions encouraging people to exercise selfcare. It can be a bit confusing on what exactly that means, especially for people who are not used to taking time off for themselves. I for one, have begun practicing selfcare by dedicating the first half of every Saturday to my own selfcare rituals; and dare I say it, it actually works! But how exactly does one come to develop their own selfcare ritual that works for them? Let’s continue reading to find out.
“All of a sudden though, my life felt like it was crashing, and I could not understand why. I began to feel like I was not doing enough, despite all the work I was involved in”.
I started my own ritual over a year ago when I realized I was working entirely too much and simply could not find time to dedicate to myself. I could no longer enjoy all the things I love because I always found myself jumping from one project to the next. It all seemed and felt great, as I was making some heavy strides in my career. All of a sudden though, my life felt like it was crashing, and I could not understand why. I began to feel like I was not doing enough, despite all the work I was involved in. I felt as though something was missing, but could not figure out what exactly that thing was. I started to feel so low, and could not get myself to feel up no matter what. The work itself began to slip, and I was losing my grip on my life.
“After all of that pampering, words simply cannot express how relieved I felt. I felt light. I could see clearer; think directly. I became hooked”.
Then, one Saturday came and I could not get myself out of bed fast enough to begin my next quest for the day. That day, I slept in until about noon. After, I did some skincare routines, took a long bath, and rested. After all of that pampering, words simply cannot express how relieved I felt. I felt light. I could see clearer; think directly. I became hooked.
From then on, every Saturday became my day to do all the things I care about personally. I slept in, completed my skincare routine, went out for a walk, for ice-cream, and lazied about on the beach or at home. These are the cares specific for me, as on a weekly basis I am more occupied with work and all else that comes with building a career. Your own selfcare though, can be tailored to your own needs – that’s why its called SELFcare after-all.
“Your own selfcare though, can be tailored to your own needs – that’s why its called SELFcare after-all”.
So, how can you adopt a selfcare Saturday, or Sunday, or any other day that ends in a “y”? Firstly, you have to identify your own selfcare needs. If you are someone who already gets loads of rest, resting might not be what you need as selfcare, but rather some productivity so as to maintain a balance. Likewise, if you are someone who is always working, productivity isn’t what you need as selfcare, but rather rest and relaxation. Sometimes we overlook just how important it is to lay about and do absolutely nothing. We sometimes work to the point that it is the first thing we do in the morning, and the last thing we do at night. And so, our bodies do not know when to shut off and simply just be. Please allow room for your body to take off your day, and rest.
“Please allow room for your body to take off your day, and rest”.
While a lot of what we see with selfcare on the internet consists of face masks, hair washing, etc. your own routine does not have to be that way. It is advised to use that day set aside to focus on your grooming and pampering, but if you are someone who simply does not care for the whole skincare spiel, find what you like that works for you. For example; playing a videogame, completing a workout, going shopping for yourself, cooking, or responding to those emails that have been sitting in your inbox for weeks. The idea of selfcare is to maintain balance in your own life, remembering to cater to all your own needs and not get lost in the fast-paced lifestyle to which we’ve all grown accustomed. Rest and relaxation is your body’s way of re-grouping and rebooting. When thoroughly rested, you are in a greater position to make strategic decisions that will benefit your career and overall life.
“The idea of selfcare is to maintain balance in your own life, remembering to cater to all your own needs and not get lost in the fast-paced lifestyle to which we’ve all grown accustomed.”
Yes, some things can appear trendy, but not all trends are bad. Taking care of yourself is not a bad trend to follow. Figure out a day and a routine that works for you and begin to give yourself and your body all that it needs to push forward healthily. You have no problem giving time to others, to work, etc. it is important that you also make it a priority to give time to yourself and your needs.