What is Self-Care?

You’ve heard me talk about the importance of self-care countless times. By now you probably have a good understanding of why self-care is such a big deal. But do you know what I really mean when I talk about self-care?

At its core, self-care is about taking care of yourself. Most of us, but women in particular, tend to put the needs of others before our own. This means that by the time we finally have a few moments to ourselves, we’re too exhausted to do anything for ourselves. Self-care means recognizing yourself as a priority.

An entire industry has popped up around the idea of self-care. Those companies promote their products – aromatherapy, essential oils, fitness apps and videos, diet plans, and more – as being the key to self-care.

But self-care isn’t about how much stuff you buy or money you spend. Quite the opposite. Self-care is about making time to take care of yourself – physically and emotionally. It means eating well, getting exercise, consulting a medical professional when needed. It means setting aside time each day to do something that is just for you, whether it be reading a book, taking a walk or chatting with a friend.

As we head into the busiest, most stressful time of year, it is crucial that you make self-care a priority. Block off some time in your calendar if you have to. What matters is that you take care of yourself.

Don’t forget about yourself while you’re baking cookies, hopping from one holiday party to another and planning a large family dinner. Go for a walk while the cookies cool. Take a yoga class. Get your hair done.

For the ultimate in self-care, schedule a massage with me. Not only will you have an hour that is all about you, I can give you some additional self-care strategies to help you manage your stress during the holidays. And throughout December, my 60-minute massage sessions are only $60. Give the gift of wellness to a friend or family member, treat yourself right away, or pre-pay several sessions for yourself. You can purchase sessions at the holiday rate here .

Remember, self-care doesn’t have to involve spending lots of money on the latest wellness trends. Stick to the basics of what makes your body and mind feel good.

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Carol Kennedy, LMT

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Pittsford, NY 14534



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