Today’s post has got me focused on what does self-care mean. I always saw self-care as bubble bath, candles, turning the phone off and mindfulness however I am finding more and more that self-care means different things to different people. Hannah Daisy draws a series of beautiful images on Instagram using the #boringselfcare. I think these images they are brilliant they range from doing my banking to cleaning the dishes to emptying the bins. I have to admit from doing all of my housework jobs I do feel pretty good and it has improved my mood a little bit, however is it self-care? In one instance it is self care – walking around in a filthy house is not healthy and seeing it filthy isn’t going to make anyone’s mood better. Also neglecting where you live for a long period of time is an indicator that something is going on.
However I see housework as another job and I do have the tendency to put it off to do the things that I want to do, which isn’t ideal and also the reality is that housework and other jobs have to be done and although it may not seem like it completing all of these jobs does help towards your overall self-care. Also is there a limit to self-care? Self-care ultimately means to me is doing something that you want to do whether that is reading, listening to music or exercising to make sure your mind is switched off from the world.
There are people that think that self-care is something that only the wealthy can afford, which is ridiculous. Self-care isn’t about spa days and expensive liquids it is about being able to switch off for an hour. I agree it is a lot harder and sometimes impossible for many people to do this due to their circumstances. So what do I do to relax, well reading is the best for me, completing word searches and exercising.
What does self-care mean to you and what do you do to relax?