Welcome to Self Care Stories, a blog series showcasing how different people take care of themselves around the world. In our lives, we often forget to prioritize our own well-being. We hope that by reading these stories, you feel inspired to build your own self-care routines because your own care is important.
What's your background?
I’m a 25-year-old person who grew up and live in the greater Seattle area. I’m finishing my last quarter at the University of Washington for a master’s in early childhood special education. I’m currently teaching students, attending school full-time, and working part-time as an in-home behavior technician. My hobbies include hiking, volleyball, photography, reading, and napping.
What's your definition of self-care or what does self-care mean to you?
Self-care is focusing on what you need physically, mentally, and emotionally. It’s so easy to get caught up with all these responsibilities that we forget to focus on taking a few minutes to be present.
Tell me your story. How do you practice self-care in your life?
For a while, self-care was the one thing I had difficulty with. Many articles discuss self-care by eating your favorite food or taking a bubble bath. I tried these suggestions, but I was still exhausted. I realized I would still focus on chores at home, or worry about future assignments. Instead, I started setting aside 2 hours where I would do whatever I wanted. I would put my phone on “do not disturb” mode and either read a book, journal, meditate, hike, or sleep. It’s all about listening to what you want to do at that moment with no guilt.
What makes taking care of yourself so important to you?
It’s important to me because it allows me to understand my needs better. I am going into a career that requires a lot of patience, compassion, and empathy. If I do not take care of myself, how can I help my students? In order to provide this for other people and to teach them these skills, I have to be able to model it for them. In addition, it’s important because there have been a handful of times where I overworked myself to the point of being sick for a few days. By practicing self-care, it also shows people how to treat you as well.
If you had advice to give someone else on practicing self-care, what would it be?
Set time every day to do what you want to do. If you need to put an alarm for that time, do so. It’s easy to push aside self-care especially with a busy schedule.
This series was created in collaboration with Self Caid. To find out more information on how to build a self-care routine, check out them out here.