The Self-Care Conflict

by Liz Allen

When you think about self-care, what do you think of? 

Mani/pedi dates with champagne? Bubble baths with face masks? 

These things are certainly self-care, but why is this our default? The self-care movement is in the rise, and we're on board for sure, but we'd love to see us all digging a little bit deeper.  We'd love to see this movement as a catylyst in helping us cultivate habits that encourage a happier, healthier and longer life. 

Don't get us wrong - we love a good mani/pedi. And certainly - even a small act of self-care is better than no act at all!

As women, we struggle to spend time on ourselves. When we become stressed, me-time is the first thing to go. Even when time allows, we jump to doing other things, typically for other people. But, let's be reminded that taking care of ourselves first is actually helpful to those around us. The more taken care of we are, the more positive, vibrant and energetic we'll become. It's a win, win. 

Self-care is intended to make us just a little bit better every day, so we encourage focus on the following:


Nutrition
Giving your body what it needs to thrive is so important. Dedicate yourself to a routine that allows intention behind what you put into your body. 



Movement
Our bodies are made to move! Park in the garage, take the stairs and walk the neighborhood, girl - you're body (and mindset) deserves it. 



Emotional Health

We should be learning about how to cope with emotions and manage stress from a young age. Let's start valuing emotional health just as much as we value physical health.




Cognitive Maintenance
Keep those neurons flexing and brain fog lifted by challenging your memory and cognitive strength daily.



Relationships

Surround yourself with a circle of supportive, encouraging and empowered friends.


Focusing on these pillars as you are cultivating your self-care routine will allow you to feel more fulfilled by your efforts. We focus on Self-Care in much more depth in our most recent Self-Care Course. Our #kitgirls say that a good self-care routine can make us feel more grounded, peaceful and positive. It can can allow for better focus and more energy - it's all around a great way to refresh yourself each day! 

So tell us, how does your self-care routine help you?

Xoxo,

Liz