Red Stars + Self-Care
I was sick this past week so I decided to take a little time for some much needed self-care. I did my best to disconnect from it all and take revitalizing break. After my hiatus, I'm feeling refreshed and inspired to take on the new week. My time off got me thinking about the importance of self-care and the best way to practice it. The following list embodies my thoughts on what I think are the four necessary areas of self-care:
- R e s t.
In this day and age, one does not come across rest often, and by rest I don't simply mean sleep. To me, rest is much more than getting eight hours of sleep a night. I can get enough sleep and still feel tired and drained. To me, resting means doing things that give both your body and mind a break from the non-stop, fast paced lives many of us lead. Yes, sleep is definitely included, and you must get a lot of it, but rest also includes activities like having a slow morning spent reading and enjoying a hot breakfast, taking a leisurely walk around the neighborhood or watching a favorite television show. Rest can vary greatly from person to person, but ultimately leaves you feeling restored and energized.
- N o u r i s h.
Nourishment for the body and soul is a major component of self-care. You cannot provide your body with nourishment without eating nutrient-dense foods and drinking enough water. Take the time to cook an organic, homemade meal comprised of many of your favorite (healthy) foods. Don't feel guilty about taking a long bath or warm shower. You must nourish yourself to lead a healthy life.
- D i s c o n n e c t.
Disconnect from distractions so that you can focus on what is truly important. I do not personally feel the need to abstain from social media in order to disconnect, but if taking a hiatus is what works for you, more power to you. To me, disconnecting simply means focusing on family, friends, pets and strengthening your relationship with God. Disconnecting from anything that distracts you from doing so is crucial to successful self-care.
- P l a n.
It is not always possible to take a week off work, and definitely not possible to take a week off of being a parent or care taker. However, this doesn't mean you can't make time for self-care. I think the majority of people can find small increments throughout the day to practice self-care, even if it's just for five minutes. The best way to do this is to plan around the parts of your day that are already occupied. Reading your devotional after a stressful meeting or while your child is napping, or going on a walk with a friend during lunch are small ways you can improve your daily life. Taking the time to plan out small breaks can make big a difference in the way you feel mentally and physically after a long work week.
By no means do I claim to be a self-care expert; those are just the steps I take to focus on my health and improve my well-being. Doing so enables me to be a better wife, friend, daughter and employee. I would love to hear how some of you practice self-care, as I'm always looking for new ideas.
Below, I have linked some of my current favorite red dresses + an assortment of Converse sneakers to wear with them. The dress that I'm wearing in the photographs above is The Alexandra - Red Star by Réalisation. This was definitely a splurge purchase for me, but I've had my eye on it for so long and think it will last for a number of years. I like the fact that it is long-sleeved, yet still lightweight, making it perfect for summer nights and fall days.
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