Like all good ideas, when they reach the public and more importantly businesses, they get morphed into a money-making machine and the idea is lost in the business of it. This is the story of self-care. In our current society we can’t go online, watch TV, or be out in public without hearing talk of self-care. Self-care seems to encompass things like meditation, yoga, bubble baths, spa retreats, exercise, healthy eating, essential oils, and so much more. The list goes on and on and what started as a good idea sounds overwhelming and exhausting: the opposite of what self-care is meant to be.
Self-care means taking care of yourself so that you can be healthy, be well, do your job (paid and unpaid), help and care for others, and you can do all the things you need to and want to accomplish in a day. Self-care is not self-indulgence (shopping therapy), it is not self-soothing (bubble baths) or escaping (spa retreats), and it is definitely not selfish. It is essential to living a healthy and fulfilling life.
Self-care is extremely unique to each individual and doesn’t involve adding more onto your to-do list. It takes reflection, insight, and self-awareness to figure out what self-care is for you. It also takes a fair amount of trial and error to see what works and figure out how to put that into practice in your life. Self-care is at its core about setting boundaries, practicing self-compassion, getting clear on your values and what really matters in your life, then putting all these pieces together to transform your life and the world you live in.
This book is a new release into the self-help market. It is a refreshing look at real self-care, not the faux self-care the world has latched on to. It provides real, tangible, and simple strategies to help you do the inner work of self-care to transform your life. If you want to learn more, click on the link above and give Real Self-Care a try.