This month’s article round-up is going to look a little different than it usually does.
Because, if I’m being honest, I am wrapping up this month exhausted and more than a little overwhelmed.
That was probably predictable.
Between preparing for the holidays, the 10-week-old baby, running a business, a husband in grad school, a heartbreaking death in the family, and getting ready to take over a friend’s job part-time while she’s on maternity leave… I’m stretched a little thin these days, both emotionally and practically.
I’ve rounded up advice from some of my favorite writers and website on how to take better care of yourself.
Because caring for ourselves — mentally, emotionally, and physically — is something we all need to take more time to do.
23 Ways to Treat Yo Self Without Buying or Eating Anything from Yes & Yes
“In case you’re keeping track, exactly zero of those things are good for me. In excess, each of those things is pretty detrimental to my physical and emotional well-being. But here I sit, ‘rewarding’ myself with things that – if I’m not careful – will give me a stomachache, make me feel less-than, and give me cavities. Ridiculous, right?”
45 Simple Self-Care Practices for a Healthy Mind, Body, and Soul from Tiny Buddha
“Self-care isn’t something you do once and tick off the list. It’s the constant repetition of many tiny habits, which together soothe you and make sure you’re at your optimum—emotionally, physically, and mentally.”
50 Ways to Practice Self-Care from Uncustomary
“Make loving and nurturing yourself your number one priority, and your additional goals and dreams will be easier to accomplish and fall into place!”
13 Easy Things You Can Do to Reduce Stress and Lead a Less Hectic Life from The Everygirl
“Rather than trudging forward with your head down and hoping for the best, try implementing these simple habits, mindsets, and schedule changes to limit stress and bring more calm to your everyday life.”
“Sometimes it can feel like being productive, and / or creative, are just downright incompatible with being kind to yourself. And I’m not going to lie to you, it takes a little effort, especially when it comes to not buying into the traps and myths of being busy versus doing good, creative work. But when you invest in self-care, your creativity will actually be nurtured, and your productivity is likely to increase.”
My best self-care tip?
Give yourself permission to.
And sometimes, give yourself permission to not.
If we’re honest with ourselves, we often know what we need, whether that’s a nap, a healthy meal, for someone else to run the meeting, an hour when your partner will be in charge of the kids, or time away from it all.
Acknowledge what you need in the moment, allow yourself to do more or less as necessary, and be willing to ask for help.