Sorry to burst your self-care bubble, but just because I know a lot about self-care doesn’t mean I always take the best care of myself. I talk about this stuff for a living yet I still catch myself ignoring my self-care needs from time to time. Spoiler alert: turns out therapists are human too. No one is immune to stress.
I’ve been struggling with the whole “self-care moment” thing this past few weeks. (Struggling with a concept that I created makes me either a hypocrite or absolute genius lol) With starting my new exciting career I’ve been running a mile a minute with no time to stop and smell the self-care.
My mission in writing this is twofold. I want to normalize that practicing self-care isn’t always easy and I’d also like to take this opportunity to give myself a little grace. As soon as I realized that I need to slow the ff down, i started making a list of self-care moments from my day. I started writing this out in a google doc but thought I’d share it here instead.
Today I went over to my friend’s house to get out and socialize for a bit. Both of us are self-proclaimed workaholics so I suggested that instead of continuing to work (which we often do) that we slow down and take an intentional break. We sat out on her front porch, had a champagne cocktail and ordered Jimmy Johns. (This was a prepandemic after work ritual).
Let me tell you that taking that intentional break and identifying it as self-care was really good for my soul. I’m sure we’ve done this a few times before but recognizing it as a self-care moment and embracing the pause was just what I needed to help me slow down and get grounded.
Oh and I just intention took a glorious bubble bath. There’s that. Baths=Amanda’s ultimate self-care ritual.
So those were my #selfcaremoments for the day. How did you take care of yourself today?