Self-care gets a bad rap in most mainstream outlets for being self-indulgent. We get it… to an extent. However, more often than not, self-care naysayers don’t typically have a firm grasp on what the notion actually entails.
Self-care, as it is today, simply refers to taking time to focus on you, your sanity, and your personal interests outside of work. It’s really not a new concept at all. ‘Self-care’ is just a fancy new umbrella term meant to remind us to escape the rat race every so often and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. In our ever-connected, fast-paced world, diving into an occasional form of self-care can be crucial to avoiding untimely occupational and personal burnout.
While there are many options you can choose from to remain healthy and refreshed — from napping, journaling, and walking through the park on a crisp Spring morning, to checking in with loved ones, and socializing — we’re a big proponent of finding more time to read.
This week, try taking a chunk of your lunch break to dive into that new novel you’ve been squirreling away on your Bookstr shelf. We recognize that the shock of giving yourself time for yourself during the work day can be difficult, so build up to it. Start out with a reading break in 15, 30, and 45 minute increments. Pro-tip: Make a plan to grab lunch at your nearby cafe of choice and read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas once it drops on Feb. 28.
Let us know how it goes!
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