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Self-Care: In Your Head

Sometime down the road we'll talk about the importance of routine and structure. That was almost going to be the topic of lesson 1. However, if you're reactive about life's hurdles, the idea of implementing a routine or structure is kind of--terrifying. In fact, the idea of setting routine and structure will probably push you away from self-care. The best place to start on self-care is meeting yourself where you're at, and if you're no where near routine and structure, then we're certainly not going to raise the bar that high.

In fact, self-care may be strongly rooted in routine and structure, but it actually begins in your head. It begins with mindfulness, which is a WHV common topic of discussion. Mindfulness is such a buzz word. For the purpose of self-care, we'll define it as a sense of self-awareness and acceptance. Mindfulness in self-care requires that you remain in tune with yourself, and recognize your inherent worth for meeting your needs. If you struggle with self-worth and really the idea of loving yourself feels uncomfortable or even gross, you're starting at the right place. You will never offer yourself the time or space you need to take care of you unless you recognize your worth. It can be hard to recognize your worth simply by mentally saying "I am worthy," and if your low self-worth has come from a place of trauma or abuse of some kind, then telling yourself you're worthy definitely isn't going to change anything.

Begin first by recognizing and becoming more in tune with your thoughts and feelings every day. Maybe doing a check in with yourself once a day, like when you get home from work or have time to take a break, and just ask yourself, "What am I feeling right now? What have I been feeling today?" You don't have to convince yourself to like yourself, but simply check in with your feelings, without trying to change them. You can also learn some mindfulness techniques by checking out our mindful moments tab and listening to a few of the recordings. These are not meditations you have to stop and do when you have free time. Mindfulness can be a constant skill, where you recognize your internal experience no matter what you're doing. Become the observer of your thoughts and feelings--without trying to change anything or judge yourself for what you think or feel. Even if you're on a particularly self-hating spree lately, acknowledge that this is where you're at, and that you may not be able to change it right away.

Go ahead. Carve out some time whether at bedtime or another time to listen to a guided meditation. Your goal is to simply recognize your internal state. This is the beginning of self-care.

Don't forget to stop by the forum and tell your community what you're going to do this week to be more self-aware!

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