Self Care for the New Age

Self care isn’t always yoga, candles, and mimosas. Sometimes, it is late night tacos, frolicking in a hotel pool for hours, and studying tarot in a strange, new city.

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It is very popular to practice self care these days. But self care doesn’t look the same for everyone. We are individual creatures, and our ideas of what satisfies the soul are individual as well. In this time of COVID, partisan politics, virtue signaling, and public shaming via social media, finding the things that soothe us are more important than ever.

Taking some time to learn about a new topic, or gain a new skill, is the ultimate brain-boosting self care. We have all trapped ourselves in the old “I don’t have time” diatribe, but it’s simply not true. Like my mother says, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” Taking even just 15 minutes a day to focus on learning something new will pay dividends. It will boost your confidence, increase your marketability in the workplace, and also help your brain function more effectively, overall.

Getting in tune with your spirit guides, angels, higher power, God, whatever it is that you want to call it, is another great way to take care of yourself. Whether it is setting aside time each day to meditate, pray the rosary, read tarot cards, practice a new spell in the kitchen, or hang a new porcelain hamsa in your den, surrounding yourself with the protections and practices that bring you more in-tune with your spiritual self is a powerful form of self-care. Do something unique to you and celebrate your own personal connection with the divine.

Last but never least, is the importance of moving our physical bodies. I won’t give you the laundry list of health benefits, but doing physical work that makes you feel good is the ultimate self care. For me, it’s always been jumping into a pool and doing some combination of swimming laps and pretending that I am Esther Williams in one of her technicolor movies from the 60’s where they’d break into a synchronized swim number with 20 women in bonnets frolicking beautifully in the water. (you know the ones I am talking about…)

Esther Williams in a technicolor synchronized swimming performance

It can be anything, as long as you’re moving and it makes you feel good!

That’s the ultimate key to all good self care: What it is is unique to you and makes you feel good. Especially now, it is incredibly important. You only get one of you in this life, make sure you’re taking good care of yourself. ❤

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Valerie Lockhart

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Creative Soul. Deeply in love with freedom, technology, and the oxford comma. www.pssh.ninja

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