Of course, making changes in our thought patterns is easier said than done, so taking small steps toward positive thinking, like writing out the attributes we like about ourselves, or envisioning negative thoughts as bubbles we can pop or let float away, can get us started on the right path. And when we make that effort day after day, self-care starts to take less and less effort. Soon, it becomes habit and an integral part of our lives.
If this whole self-care thing is brand new to you, there are many ways to get started. You can check out dozens of self-care ideas on The Self-Compassion Project, try one of the University at Buffalo’s many self-care assessments or plans, or, if you’re a Pinterest addict like me, simply search for “self-care” and enjoy. And if you suddenly feel stressed out thinking about self-care, take a deep breath, and remember that you deserve, at the very least, ten minutes a day that are all about you. I promise you’re worth it.