Taking time to care for yourself is a very big part of the human experience. Some people learn at early age the importance of it and some of us learn the hard way. I was one of these people who though the body will take care of its needs and that you have a never ending source of energy for yourself and for others. In my sillyness I thought of self care as something vein or even selfish.
Then I read the quote: “You cannot pour from an empty cup”.
I had to experience burnout myself to understand the importance of time off, self care and mindful work. I have still a lot to learn about how to take care of my own needs but I’m getting better.
It is unrealistic to expect instant change when we create habits, but being a visual person I have created small reminders such as stickers, notes and graphics to help me remember and to raise my awareness. Now I consider self care a high priority, perhaps the highest and these small “reminders” give me joy and spark my will to change!