I read an interesting article this week on “why self-care is an important feminist act.”It was a blend of historical evidence and modern social movements. I found it very empowering and thought provoking because it was challenging the idea of self-care.
“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare…the notion of saying ‘I’m taking care of myself now’ is a pretty rebellious act, because it works against generations of cultural training that women’s first responsibility is the emotional and practical care of others, and that they should be shamed as “bad” or “neglectful;” if they take time for themselves, their careers, and their health.”
Mental and emotional health is real health, it’s important to focus on the emotional body because it’s the core of our being. Our body revolves around how we think and feel, we are effected physically by our emotions. There is this rawness and exposure when we take part in self-care, we pull apart ourselves in search of what will make us feel better.
Self-care is something that comes natural to us yet we have been programmed to think that it’s selfish to look inward and reflect that outward. “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation.” We take action to shut the door on the world around us and just sit with our-self. It’s like demanding space in a world that is constantly closing in on you, asking you to be smaller. Self-care is about the balance, honoring the true female self by listening to your body. Nurturing yourself proves that your needs are cherished and you are worthy.
- Schedule It – writing to down creates a contract with yourself. Giving you a routine of healing the mind and body.
- Try Something New – whether is a spa day, using a bath bomb, or simply trying the new tea flavor, be curious and enjoy the experience.
- Get a Self-Care Buddy – invite a friend or your partner to take part in a self-care act with you. Invite them to the hot yoga class you’ve been dying to take or to watch a film that makes you laugh. Having a buddy keeps you accountable and also bring a sense of human connection.