As I get older, I realize more and more how incredibly important it is to prioritize self-care. All your relationships with other people will benefit from actively nurturing your relationship with yourself. To me, self-care is about truly understanding your self-worth, and taking care of yourself like you would take care of your dearest friend. You might be shocked at how great you’ll feel if self-care activities become not only a part of your life, but a priority. I’ve put together a little list of some self-care activities that I personally love.
 good smelling candle + face mask + a movie that you know you love
Put aside your to-do list for an evening, and make relaxation your new list.
 cook yourself your favorite meal that you usually get from a restaurant but would never make at home
Following a slightly complicated recipe to make a super delicious meal is not something I feel like doing daily, but sometimes it feels really good to remind myself I’m capable of following instructions and of providing for myself in this way.
 look at pictures of yourself from when you were a little kid and try to treat your current self the way you would treat that adorable kid (that’s me on the left)
I think this is the most important of all of these ideas. This is what self-care is all about. It’s a shift in your mindset from critiquing yourself like you’d critique someone you don’t like and don’t value, to treating yourself nicely like you’d treat a sweet little kid who loves coloring and fruit snacks. You wouldn’t tell them their coloring isn’t good enough, and you wouldn’t judge them for eating sugar, you would just support them and admire their sense of joy at simple things that you’d forgotten can feel joyful.
Love and hugs,