'Self care' has become a bit of a buzz word over the past few years. Everyone telling you to do this and that and try this gizmo and that product, all to make you feel better. I wonder if we stopped and thought about the fact that we are all unique individuals with completely different joys, desires, needs, fears, passions and abilities - would this be a reminder that self-care means completely different things for everyone?
I was encouraged by the words of a friend of mine who writes blogs, and wrote about how for many of us, we feel the need to be 'productive' almost all the time. If you're anything like my mum - that certainly is her 90% of the time, but she always reminds herself to take that 10% of the time she doesn't want to be going going going, and cherish it! Everyone's day looks different, and what you do or don't get done during this uncertain time, is absolutely dependent on where you're at spiritually, mentally and physically.
I guess what I'm getting at, is that it's extremely easy to compare ourselves to one another through the likes of Instagram and other social media, as to what we are getting 'done' however, I remind myself this is only the snippet of this persons' life, and typically only the highlights of it too.
'Self-care' for you might be pouring a cuppa and enjoying it while flicking through a mag. It might be moving your body, or getting some fresh air. Heck, it might even be sleeping in past your usual early wake-up! As cliche as it sounds, know that wherever you're at, is absolutely fine. A quote that resonates with me is 'the time you enjoy wasting, is not wasted time', which sums it up perfectly. Having that extra-long reading sesh is not wasted time, or doing what you love and not being what you'd call 'productive' is not wasted time.
If you're someone looking to engage in more things to do for yourself, here are some of our favourite things as shared by our lovely extended Flo family...
Mary from Reti & Rose
"I look after my mental health by always telling myself what I'm grateful for. Every day. Whether that is writing it down, saying it out loud or in my head. By thinking of everything I am grateful for leaves me with an incredible feeling and helps you prioritise on what's important. I also love to work out, especially yoga. By moving my body it releases a lot of energy and feels incredible."