"Self-care means taking a bit of time or energy to tell yourself that what you feel is valid, that you deserve the good in your life, and that right now, you are enough. Rejecting self-care in the name of money, progress, success, or getting ahead is not a problem that only plagues individuals. This problem is encouraged by society—by where we place our values, how we talk about success, and how we shame those who don’t measure up. Stress is experienced by individuals, but the pressure to feel stress—just to prove that you are working “hard enough”—comes from a collective worldview that often rejects self-care and calls it selfishness. The individual is no longer important, because she is just a cog spinning in an ever-larger machine. However, from lived experience, we know how important individuals can be. Healthy, self-actualized individuals improve the health and productivity of societies. In order to be healthy and self-actualized, we need to have time for self-care."
Today I am grateful for the many opportunities I have in my life to practice self care, and for a newfound maturity that has helped me realize its importance. I haven't always been successful at prioritizing what I need to feel healthy and fulfilled in my life, and as a result both myself and the people I care about have suffered needlessly. Thankfully, I've come to realize that a life well lived is not measured by what you accomplish, but by how you accomplished. With more joy, love, and peace in my life, I know that I'll be better equipped to share those same meaningful states with the world around me.