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5 Life-Changing Lessons I’ve Learned from Self-Care

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Self-care is this funny thing that we all know we should be doing on a daily basis, but don’t carve out the space in our days to actually do it.

The moment I became intentional about wanting to truly better myself I began to notice things. I began to notice small nuances throughout the day that ultimately made a larger impact on how I felt.

Give Yourself Permission

In February I turned 30.

A 28 year old me would have been disappointed in myself for where I am with my life and career. Or what I thought I should have achieved at this point. Or the success I should have experienced by now.

Up to that point I was living someone else’s life. I was trapped in a dogma working hard towards the things I should be working hard at.

But then this thing hit me.

Slow it Down

When I was a child my father used to complain about how slow I was. Slow to eat; slow to walk; slow to learn.

As an adult I have tended towards being ultra speedy—perhaps it’s a hangover from those early years. Through my twenties and thirties I was always on the go, rushing to get things done. Trying to pack as much into a 17-hour day as possible.

But lately I have had to slow it down, go back to those unhurried days of childhood.