Throughout our lives and even throughout our day, we make many decisions.
We decide how we want to get to work, what we want to eat, what we want to do, etc. We make decisions based on a variety of factors: our emotional state, our friends, our environment, etc. We want our choices to make people happy and to reflect ourselves. We need to make decisions that are the best for us.
No, I’m not talking about selfishness. I’m talking about self-care. Deciding to keep all of your excellent recipes to yourself is a lot different than deciding to stay in on a Friday night. Self-care is doing what is best for you mentally, physically, or emotionally. If you have work to do, but you haven’t been out in weeks, and you’re starting to feel lonely, go out. While this may not be exactly what’s best for you in a technical sense, it’s what you need in an emotional sense. If all of your friends are eating sweets around you and you’re the odd one out, you’re practicing self-care. You are making the decision that is best for you, even though it may not be the popular one.
Now, I’m not telling you to go out and make terrible decisions that could end up in trouble. You just need to make the decisions that are best for you. The choices that are best for you are usually the hardest ones to make, and sometimes you make the wrong decision. Reflect on where you went wrong and keep going. Decision-making is a learned process, and self-care is a product of good decision-making. Make yourself a priority.