There’s no denying that Americans lead some of the most hectic lifestyles—it seems as if we always find ourselves with another event to attend and another task to complete. Which is why so often we tell ourselves I don’t have time to take a break. We’re here to remind you that you do have time. Here are three reasons why putting yourself first, isn’t being selfish.
1) Set Aside Five Minutes A Day
No matter how busy the day may seem, there’s always time for five minutes of self-care. It’s your decision on how you prefer to spend your five minutes—meditating, sun salutations, journaling, dancing, listening to music, reading. Intentionally doing something that makes you happy is proven to release stress and boost all those “happy” vibes. And, as we see it, the world can just chill out while we take a five-minute break.
2) Relax To Re-Energize
Chronic stress can wreak havoc on our bodies, mentally and physically. Rest is required in order to continue performing at our best. The one thing we need to master? Saying no. As busy gals, we know what it’s like to have others relying on us, and sometimes, we stretch ourselves too thin. But we can’t always be Wonder Woman, and it’s necessary to realize that it’s OK to spend a day doing nothing. Besides, isn’t that what Sundays are for?
3) Self-Care Is An Act Of Self-Love
The Danes are the happiest people in the world for a reason—they intentionally practice self-care by implementing a lifestyle routine, now nationally recognized, as hygge. Hygge is best described as a state of feeling happy and cozy. What’s it look like? Fireplaces, oversized sweaters, slices of chocolate cake, and a stack of books. It’s time to make hygge happen for you. It’s also important to make the distinction that self-love isn’t being selfish. Our bodies deserve a rest, and sometimes they deserve breakfast in bed, bubble baths, and wine + cheese + Milano cookies.