Self-Care is on the rise, but in its popularity it may be more confusing than ever to navigate your own definition. You see people sharing their “self-care” in contradicting forms from eating McDonalds in bed to slapping on a face mask and drinking kombucha. Though the term is trending and possibly misunderstood, self-care has never been more personal. Self-Care is, after all, Self-Love.
Self-Care can be hard, man. At least in the deepest sense of it all. Self-Care is boundary-setting, gut-honoring, and beautifully selfish. It’s knowing your needs and acknowledging your Self. It is securing your own oxygen mask first, honoring yourself as the priority. As my friend @micaylaajean put it: “It’s easy to post a photo of your crystals, sage and relaxing tea, but the work that goes below the surface takes time, dedication and saying “no” a lot to some of the most recognizable and easy connections.” Self-Care is putting in the work.
Self-Care is also standing in your power and being your own healer. Harnessing your intuition and feeding your body and soul with whole, real things. Cutting out the toxins and additives by way of food, people, and anything you give your mindless attention to. It replaces self-deprecation, self-loathing, and stands way up to self-sabotage. It’s how to live wild and free
Self-Care is also doing whatever the fuck you want, so long as it is with kindness, honesty, and respect. Whether you need to release stress, go inward, pump adrenaline, strengthen boundaries - it’s all valid. If eating that Big Mac in bed is what you need - do it. If you want to learn to play the guitar - do it. If you need to shut your phone off all day and sit in your tub singing Gloria Estefan songs - you do you. Regardless of how close or deep to the surface.
Stay tuned for the Self-Care Series: Living Wild & Free!