If you are wanting to start living your best life, you need to start with self-care!

There are two basic types of self-care; one is the "treat yo-self" type and the other is living intentionally. Read below to learn more about each type!

"Treat yo-self"

This is both everyone's favorite and the one everyone struggles with. This is the type that consists of treating yourself to things that make you feel good about yourself and that help you replenish your energy. This could be getting your hair done, getting your nails done, going for walks outdoors, spending a quiet afternoon reading, etc.

Often people find themselves avoiding this type of self-care because of guilt, time constraints, financial issues, or other obligations. People tend to view this type as an indulgence IF they have time, money, etc.

You can't pour from an empty cup, and if you neglect yourself consistently you will burn out. It is vital it is to PLAN this into your routines. You will be a WAY better version of yourself if you do. 

Living Intentionally

Self-care is NOT all bubble baths and manicures. Self-care goes way beyond that, and this is the core piece.

Self-care is ultimately about living a life you don't need an escape from. A life where you are not dreading your drive to work, your job, your routine, your social life, your home, etc.

When you are living intentionally, it means you are taking advantage of all the moments in your life, including things like driving to work. It means you are embracing those moments as opportunities to be intentional and incorporate your values where they matter most.

A person who lives consistently with their values is someone who says no to things that aren't in line with their best life. It is a person who says no to social gatherings that don't bring them joy. A person who doesn't live on auto-pilot and doesn't waste precious moments of their lives on things that don't add value to their life or feed their spirit.

This type of self-care is DIFFICULT. It requires discipline and often it requires confronting pain that is ultimately better for you in the long run, even though it may not be easy.

Of course, this doesn't mean you always say no and will never have to do things you don't want to. It means intentionally making choices about your habits and behaviors and knowing that when you do have to do things you might not want to, that it is a part of the bigger picture and leads you to the things you value most.
The first step in crafting the life you want
is getting rid of everything you don't.
- Minimalist Home

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