I’ve been through a ton of ups and downs in the last year and one of my biggest focuses has been around Self-Care. How do I take care of myself while still being successful? Hustling and growing my business as an entrepreneur.
I like to think I’ve done a great job at it. But the truth is – sometimes I don’t. Or at least, I didn’t think I did. But I’ve learned something the last few months.
The concept of self-care is a sliding scale. If fluctuates depending on the circumstances and your emotional or mental state. The definition of “self-care” changes depending on where you are in your journey. And what counts as self-care to one person might not count for someone else.
I used to compare myself to people who would go jogging every morning for 30 minutes. That was their self-care. But for me… that sounds like pure torture. I don’t jog. I don’t find it enjoyable. It’s more of a punishment than “care.”
My self-care looks completely different from other peoples. But my self-care looks completely different from myself too. Last week, self-care was me taking a shower and putting on a different pair of pajama pants. I was in a dark place and that’s all I could come up with.
Later in the week, self-care was sitting on the porch and reading for thirty minutes. Then it was sitting and watching stand-up comedy for an hour. And this week, self-care is taking the afternoon off to visit with friends.
Self-care doesn’t have to be one thing. It doesn’t need to be bubble baths or facials. Sometimes it looks more like washing your face or brushing your hair.
Self-care is LITERALLY when you’re caring for yourself. When you’re doing something to take care of yourself, mentally, emotionally and/or physically.
There’s no one thing that counts as self-care.
But as long as you’re doing something for yourself, you’re on the right track.
Nichole is a Social Media Marketing Manager, business owner, daughter and friend. She has a Marketing Diploma and a Certificate of Christian Theology. She is an avid coffee lover who enjoys a good movie or book. She takes great joy in organizing, scheduling, and volunteering. Her passion for volunteerism extends specifically to those who are hurting, whether it is emotionally, physically, or mentally.
Nichole is certified to provide Mental Health First Aid, which means she can provide immediate support and guidance in a safe environment, comfortably have a conversation about mental health-related issues and offer professional and other supports. This does NOT make Nichole a psychologist, or a counselor. It simply gives her the tools to direct people to the help they need.