It is not selfish to refill your own cup, so that you can pour into others.
“It is not selfish to refill your own cup, so that you can pour into others. It’s not just a luxury. It is essential.”
As a mother of two who just launched a self-care subscription box company, it’s my job to think about self-care and pampering. A lot. And while pampering yourself can certainly be considered “self-care,” there’s so much more to it than just painting your nails while wearing a face mask in a quiet bathroom. (That does sound lovely, though...)
When I’m talking to other small-business owners about my box, they inevitably say the same thing: “Oh, I have a friend who does body butters! I’ll get her in touch with you.”
I greatly appreciate every suggestion for a possible vendor, but I also gently remind people that while I enjoy a good body butter or body scrub, that’s not all self-care is about.
When I say “self-care,” people tend to think “pampering.”
Massages, long baths, pedicures, manicures… all of those fall under the category of pampering.
But while all pampering falls under self-care, not all self-care is pampering.
Sometimes self-care is simply setting boundaries.
Self-care is learning to say “No” when you really mean “No.”
Self-care is learning to not overextend yourself.
Self-care is talking about yourself with kind words.
Self-care is being your own best advocate.
Self-care is knowing when you’ve had enough and leaving the room.
Self-care is saying yes to the brownie because it’s just a damn brownie and eating it shouldn’t feel shameful.
Self-care is making your body sweat in a way that’s fun to you.
Self-care is creating time for your hobbies and creative activities.
Self-care is ending draining relationships.
Self-care is, simply, discovering what you need and then doing what you can to make it happen.
I think it’s safe to say that every mama wants, needs and deserves pampering. But while you might not be able to hook yourself up with a warm bubble bath every single day, you can (and should!) practice self-care 24/7.
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