People talk about self-care in a few different ways. Some people see it like it's taking time to be selfish for yourself while others see it as self-love and a commitment to yourself. The truth is that it’s important to always take time for yourself at some point but not everyone has the same type of self-care. Every person is so incredibly unique in their own way that it's hard to say what fits one person will fit another person. We go through life talking about being an individual but then when it comes to certain circumstances in life, expect everyone to follow suit. That's not how it always works and self-care is the same.
Some people need to be active to take care of themselves. Some people need that adrenaline rush of a work out or to be outside and hike to get their mind in a better place. Some people need the fresh air, others need to be dripping with sweat to make their worries and anxieties and fear run its course so they can function better. While others might need silence or to just sit on the couch and turn their mind off by watching a TV show. Some people need to enter a different world by binge-watching a show or watching a movie to forget about their own life for a little while. Some people need to be lost in a book or journaling their thoughts and emotions to truly understand them.
Some people need to surround themselves with friends and family in order to feel their best. Some people need to be with those who lift them up and who love them unconditionally to feel like they're going to be okay. Other people need to be alone. They need to focus solely on themselves and to do that, they cannot be surrounded by anyone. They might throw in headphones and tune the world out for a little while.
Some people seek comfort in complete strangers because it’s easier to deal with everything in their lives when no one around them knows anything about their live. Some people talk to a therapist, so go out and party.
Just like how not everyone feels the same way about the color yellow or about cheesecake, not everyone has the same way of dealing with their lives - and that’s okay.
It’s okay to do what you need to do to make sure you’re not only 100% mentally comforted and feel okay, but also emotionally, spiritually and physically. It’s okay to take care of yourself by shutting out the world for a night, just like it’s okay to go out and have a few drinks and let loose.
Everyone takes care of themselves differently. Just because what your friend or the person standing next to you does to show themselves self-care, doesn’t mean that it’s the right fit for you. As you get older, your self-care routine and what it looks like might completely change too, and that’s okay. Just always make sure that you are taking the time to check in with yourself and to take care of yourself, however you need to.
Everyone is fighting a battle, be gentler with others and with yourself.
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