What is Self-Care and Why You Need It

Self-care (noun)
Definition: any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. 

Self-care is about taking care of yourself and putting your needs above everyone else's. It's not about neglecting responsibilities, but tackling those first and then using whatever time you have to relax, unwind, and figure what you need in life. 

True self-care is not salt baths and chocolate cake, it is making the choice to build a life you don’t need to regularly escape from.
— The Thought Catalog

The biggest key to self-care is doing something that makes you feel good during and AFTER you've completed it. Never pick an activity that will make you feel sluggish or disappointed after. For example, eating a pint of ice cream after a week of working out... you may or may not regret that one pint. Choose wisely and with intention. 

Also note that, self-care is not always dandelions and roses. You've heard it time and time again, it's not always bubble baths or a glass of wine. Sometimes it's about looking in the mirror and realizing that maybe you need to lose weight. Maybe you need to end that relationship. Maybe you need to see a Doctor for those thoughts you keep having. 

Self-care is about taking care of yourself - even when the going gets tough. I've listed a few options for self-care that you may enjoy. Take a look, screenshot a few, live it up. 

Spend 30 minutes to 1 hour a day, away from your phone/emails/etc.

Go for a walk.

Light a candle. (This is my favorite from Bath and Body Works.)

Watch your favorite movie. (This is my favorite one #noshame)


Set an appointment with a Therapist. 

Get your annual checkup. 

Have a dance party. (This is my favorite dance party playlist on Spotify)

Buy yourself a new outfit. (Some of my favorite stores are Boohoo, SheIn, and New York & Company.)

Get up early, make breakfast, listen to good music.

Take a day off.

Staycation for a day or weekend (I love staying here and here in Dallas.)

Take a bubble bath or face mask. (Favorite bath bomb set and face mask)

See a friend that makes you smile.

End a friendship that steals your smile. 

Watch funny videos on YouTube and see where it takes you (This is my favorite video!)

Pick up a new hobby. 

Get rid of a bad hobby. 


Take a nap.

Plan your bedtime schedule. 

Give yourself a pep talk.

Read a self help book.

Sit with your diffuser and essential oils
(This is my diffuser and oils.) 

Cuddle with your pet.

Write a list of things you love about yourself.

Did you enjoy these self-care tips?
Do you Have a favorite? 
Let me know down in the comments!