When someone says ”self-care” do you immediately picture people indulging in massages or spa days full of pampering? While self-care may very well include these activities, it doesn’t always imply something quite as extravagant. Self-care is unique to every individual, just as its name implies. What may be care for me may not work for you, and that is absolutely okay.
I love yoga, but if the thought of twisting your body into confusing shapes sounds like the worst possible idea to you, that is okay. There is no one right or wrong way to care for yourself. The important thing, though, is to find what you do enjoy and make time to care for yourself in whatever way that may be. Maybe a long chat with your best friend on the phone is your idea of self-care? Maybe going for a run with your dog helps to center you? Valuing yourself enough to realize that you deserve care in and of itself, is self-care. I have said it many times, and will continue to say it, veterinary professionals are so incredibly good at caring for everyone else around them, but often forget that we deserve to also care for ourselves.
Especially with finals and holidays approaching, make time to honor yourself because you deserve it.