Self-Care and Skin-Care Isn’t Selfish

When we take care of ourselves, we’re also taking care of others. Read that again! The pandemic has reinforced the idea that by staying safe and well ourselves, we are looking out for our family, friends and community as a whole. And this is something we need to sustain, now, the rest of this year, and beyond.

I can already hear those thoughts creeping in… you don’t have time for self-care or it just seems so self-indulgent.

It’s important to understand the full spectrum of self-care. It’s not just a break to recharge or a morning meditation, but setting priorities, boundaries, and purpose. Don’t count out rest, relaxation, exercise or spiritual practice; to ask ourselves what fills us up to do what’s most important to us. “It’s about refueling yourself in order to engage with life.”

You are in control of your self-care. Try one (or all) of these suggestions to make yourself a priority:

Eat well, move your body, care for your skin. Your skin is your biggest organ! The health of your skin affects your self esteem.

Give yourself your best hours of your day. What short time in each day do you feel your best? Take this time to focus on your priorities and personal goals.

Choose your word of the year. This will be your mini-mantra all year and can be anything that matters to you.

Make a plan for reprieve. Caring for others who are elderly, ill or with special needs may not allow for extra time personal time. Develop a specific plan with your family/friends to make sure you have scheduled downtime for yourself.

Help someone. Finding ways to help others can benefit the body and mind by participating in a “bigger-than-self process.” Studies show that a strong sense of purpose can protect us from stress and lead to long-term better health.

Imagine how the end of this year can look for you, after you’ve put these positive actions in place. By doing so, you’ll be more focused on and grateful for the self-care you commit to now.