Over the years, my life has changed drastically. I've gone from being an exhausted people-pleaser to a mother and two-time author and writer passionate about helping other women care for and love themselves.
As I've moved through my days, I've discovered that self-care touches every aspect of our lives - from the food we eat to how we communicate with others to the physical spaces we live within. It's not about bubble baths and face masks; no, proper self-care is deeper and more holistic.
I believe that self-care is the key to creating a life that feels grounded, joy-filled, and not so damn exhausting. Sure, it's not always straightforward to tend to your needs, but that doesn't make it any less critical. Among these pages, I hope you find self-care inspiration to help create the life you deserve and the courage to make it a reality.
I feel like my sense of self has been pulled out from under me, quickly yanked away, and replaced by a trickier-to-navigate version. This new me is far more complicated than before and always wonders, What did I do with my free time before I became a mother? I feel unable to adequately communicate my needs to those around me, and find myself struggling to pull myself together to show up for the tiny human that sits in front of me with a sense of wonder in his eyes.
Self-care isn't a practice we reserve for the days we have extra time on our hands or a surplus of money to splurge on a fancy massage. It's not something we only call on after we're well-rested or while on vacation. No, self-care is an act that we must prioritize daily to help us feel like our best selves. It's an act that can empower us to show up as the healthiest version of ourselves, for ourselves. From there, once our cups are full, we can show up for others from our overflow at our discretion.
Routine and intentional self-care can contribute enormous emotional, physical and even financial benefits. Mental health perks include reduced stress, a fresh perspective and a renewed sense of self. And for our physical health, learning about our body’s needs and incorporating exercise into self-care can help us “lose weight, gain energy, sleep more soundly and have clearer skin,” says Schweet.
Self-care has become quite a buzz word these days, but what is it, really? Dive deeper and learn more about the transformational power of self-care and the positive impact it could have on your life with self-care coach and author of Boundaries with Soul™, Carley Schweet. Watch and listen in as Carley shares more about self-care and the power of boundaries.