I’m not a fan of manicures.
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They actually kind of make me anxious.
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If I thought self care involved only manicures, pedicures, massages, hair appointments or guided meditation I’d be in big trouble.

Self care can be dirty and messy and hard. It can take work and effort. It means making decisions that aren’t always easy.

But it’s imperative if you want to have enough to give back to the world around you.

For me self care is about habits I’ve created to make sure that each day I’m refilling my bucket so I have enough to pour back out to everyone else.
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It’s not always easy. It’s tempting to just keep burning through and not do the hard work or take the time.
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But self care is more than the luxury of getting a blowout. It’s the habits you create that help you be and do the things you were meant to do.
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It’s a way of life where you acknowledge you have needs and filling those needs is NOT selfish. In fact, it’s beneficial to everyone around you.
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For me it involves movement every day. Coffee in the morning. Five minutes of personal space (even if it’s just sitting in the car alone before walking into a meeting). Tickling my kids to bed at night.
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Those things help give me the space to take on everything else life gives me.
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Self care shifts and changes according to our stage of life, but it can’t be ignored. Take care of yourself. Every day. It’s a sign of true strength.