One of my New Year’s Resolutions, so to speak, is taking better care of myself. It’s pretty much always on my to-do list, but I find that whenever January rolls around, I want to just be better. I’ll start off wanting to eat healthier, or exercise more, and it spreads to other areas of my life. I’ll want to dress better, and have clearer skin. I’ll want my nails to be painted all the time and look put together. Doing all of those things all at once can lead to burn out quickly.
Sometimes I wonder how celebrities pull off looking put together all the time. Well, the answer is, they don’t. They have personal stylists and fitness trainers for that, not to mention massage therapists and hair stylists.
The average Jane doesn’t have all that.
So why do we put so much pressure on ourselves to live up to this impossible standard that even the celebrities can’t live up to?
I’m sure you already know the answer. Because we are told to keep up these appearances.
We are constantly bombarded with this ideal that we have to be perfect, with a perfect house in a perfect neighborhood with perfect tree-lined streets and perfect neighbors. As you all know, life is anything but perfect.
So instead of “trying to take better care of myself,” this year, I’m reminding myself to just be me. It sounds so simple, and in fact, it is. But sometimes, I get caught up in doing what is expected of me, rather than doing what I want. There is nothing wrong with saying no, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with simply being yourself.
I’ve compiled a list of some self-care actions I would like to take this year. I hope you find these helpful. I’ve included a graphic with all my self-care actions, perfect for saving to your Pinterest board.
What are your thoughts on New Year’s Resolutions? I would love to hear your thoughts. Comment below!