Self-care can be a hard concept to wrap one’s head around. Particularly for folks who are living with ADHD, chronic illness, and/or other cognitive or mental health challenges. We’re often focused on living a life that doesn’t “disappoint” those we love, keeping up with our friends, or trying to mask or hide what we’re dealing with so we fit in. Yet self-care is vital to our existence. You can’t get nourishment from an empty garden.
Self-care isn’t just about your mental health—it means taking care of your physical and soul health too.
No matter what you’ve heard, overwork isn’t a good look on anyone. Remaining in constant motion, running to meet friends or continually trying to reach someone else’s ideal standard of ‘best’, is pretty unlikely to produce positive outcomes. The accompanying stress and exhaustion actually make you less productive, more disorganized, drain your emotional well, and can make you more vulnerable to physical and mental illness.
Self-care is essential to maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself. It produces positivity and boosts confidence and self-esteem.
Life is an exquisite gift. So why waste it? Take care of this one, wild and precious life.