take care of yourself.

Hey there. Yeah, it’s me, sneaking into your inbox or your WordPress Reader or wherever you find me. I hope you’re alright.

I’m eating breakfast right now, before I have a 12 1/2 hour day at school. Of course I’m stressed, and I know I’ll be tired later, but instead of sleeping in, I took the extra time to shower and make myself breakfast. Why?

Because I’m taking care of myself.

We don’t always need what sounds easy to us. I could have easily slept another hour. But I chose to give my body what it needed, and today, it needed a nice morning to prepare for the day ahead.

I have to treat myself like a toddler sometimes. When a toddler doesn’t want to eat or bathe or sleep, you have to show them to do it anyway. Because they need it, even if they don’t know any better.

But wait a minute, we do know better. You’re right! So why don’t we do better? One simple answer: it’s no easier to do what’s right for ourselves as adults than it is when we’re kids. That’s just the truth.

I understand that it’s better to go to bed early, but I will still stay up later than I should because in the now, I want to watch Netflix.

Self care isn’t always easy! It’s definitely not that face mask, bath bomb, candle stuff the world wants us to think it is. It’s going to school even if you’re sick because otherwise, you’d have to catch up.

Self care is taking two seconds to take a break from something you really love because you’ve been staring at a screen too long. You do need to look away from the screen every once in a while. Right?

We know better. But do we?

Let’s make a pledge: do better, not just know better. You deserve it.

-ellynn