Self-Care isn't Selfish

As I began my journey of self-discovery I dove in to self-care. I have learned over the years that self-care doesn’t have to be spa days, bath bombs and face masks. It can be so many different things! Self-care is a long-term commitment and it allows one to grow, heal and gain inner freedom. I have a daily practice that leaves me re-energized and feeling whole. Self-care is individualized and the best way to find what works for you is to try out multiple practices! Personally, I enjoy writing a gratitude list, praying, practicing yoga, eating healthy, and using crystals. I have found that self-care is most beneficial when I carve out time in my schedule and keep it consistent. Daily practices are only a small part of my journey, I also approach my life with new values and intentions.

Self-care doesn’t have to be once a day it can be the way you show up in life and treat yourself/others. Here are four practices to begin or add to your self-discovery journey.

  1. Hold space for silence: Practice mindfulness activities and unplug from external stimuluses. Simply sit with yourself and your thoughts. Allow yourself to pause and reflect.

  2. Invest in true and honest friendships: Examine relationships and friendships to see if they are healthy and helping you grow. Surround yourself with people who lift you up.

  3. Speak your truth: Reach out for support when you need it and be honest with those around you. We are not on this journey alone.

  4. Prioritize yourself: Make time for your health (i.e. mental, physical, and emotional) and don’t feel guilty for it. You are important and need to take care of yourself so that you can show up in life.

Through my journey of self-discovery, I have started to implement these practices in my life and I have also found a daily routine that works for me. I encourage you to come to The PILLARS and try our holistic classes. They can become part of your self-care routine. Infuse your life with more joy, gratitude and a deeper connection to yourself—you can do this by investing time in yourself. Start by stopping by The PILLARS.

Shannon, BSW Intern at The PILLARS