In recent months, aka in Trump's America, there has been an increased focus on the importance of self-care. What you might not have known is, each year, an entire day is dedicated to this practice: July 24. International Self-Care Day stands as a chance to celebrate and embrace the power of self-care. It is also a time to remind yourself, and each other, of why you should continue to, or begin to, practice self-care. Twitter embraced the day in typical fashion with trending hashtag #InternationalSelfCareDay.
Falling on a Monday, it may feel especially difficult to find the energy or motivation to implement self-care into your life. Personally, I have made many attempts that have taken a wide variety of forms, some finding a way to stick and others failing miserably. To me, and I would assume to others, part of the problem is the inability to commit to doing anything else in my day. The truth is, for me, this is an excuse. I could wake up 10 minutes earlier to get a meditation session in and I am perfectly able to stay off my phone before I go to bed — but it's hard.
Breaking routine and actively doing something good for yourself can be scary. What if you take action and nothing changes? The key is to remember that everyone is different and the type of care you need varies. For me, I've noticed that if I spend my night reading instead of watching Netflix, I mentally feel significantly better. The hardest thing is starting but, before you know it, the change you've made becomes your new routine. Now I can't wait to get back to my latest book. Sure, there are plenty of times I turn to my computer instead, but any self-care is better than no self-care.