A Little Self Care Rant

amanda smith lcsw self care rant

I’m not exactly sure what to write. Confession: This happens to me all of the time. I start overthinking my blog posts and then lose interest, spirit, and, frankly, my train of thought. But I don’t want to stop writing all together, as I have in the past. Sometimes we all just need to vent. So I’ll just rant on a little bit about self care and see what happens.

This is actually a pretty relevant talking point about self care. Like a lot of people, I tend to overexert myself in every facet of my life, self care practices not excluded. I try to make every project I take on some potentially grand lucrative endeavor. This works to my advantage in almost every case except that of hobbies and self care.

Hobbies and self care are two things that are supposed to bring peace and comfort, not stress and pressure. But, like, I seriously can’t take a yoga class without feeling pressure to become a yoga instructor. Or paint a picture without thinking of my future Etsy sales. Or write a blog post without trying to get a billion hits and a book deal…I could go on, but this little type of rant isn’t exactly self care.

And that’s where I’m at right now. My self care personality type has always indicated that my ideal self care practices involve writing and helping people. Both of these things usually make me feel better. So why is it so hard to get started? Why is it so hard to just write? I’ve been so busy trying to make it a thing that I’ve missed the whole purpose and benefit of this little self care rant.

So, here’s what this little self care rant comes down to: don’t overthink your self care. Find some balance. Just do it. Don’t worry about doing it right, or perfecting your craft, or following through on some ridiculous schedule. Don’t make it more than it is. Because the more you pressure yourself to take care of yourself, the more you may end up self sabotaging your self care. Just try to stay in the moment and let self care actually be about taking care of yourself whatever that looks like. Maybe it’s just watching a rerun of your favorite TV show. If it ends up being more, that’s great! Just be sure to preserve the original intent and purpose.

7 responses to “A Little Self Care Rant”

  1. I relate to this so much. Thank you for sharing!

  2. I love reading what you write!

  3. […] by transposing words from one brain to paper to another brain. It still fascinates me to this day. Long story short, I quickly realized that I read, and write, from a predominately psychological perspective, and […]

  4. […] of prescriptive self care tasks. The way I look at it, true and essential self care comes from a way of thinking more than a list of doing. Especially if it’s someone else’s list of doing. The root of the word  is […]

  5. […] 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 […]

  6. […] bed everyday is an act of self care, can leaving it disheveled be one too? Lately, I’ve been toying with the idea of adjusting how we see and define self care. Since my work has continually led me to find that most […]

  7. […] meaningless television or lounge around and talk with our friends and family. This is when we absorb and process everything from the day. We do this all of the time, but how many of us label it as intentional […]

Leave a Reply

Powered by WordPress.com.