Updated: Nov 22, 2022
Yes, this catchy phrase became popular a few years ago and maybe it was over used to the point of being white noise. That doesn't mean its no longer valid, it is.
It was in my first yoga teacher training that I learned the expression "you can't pour from an empty cup". So often we are in the position either work, family, or both, where we are giving to and doing for others. At some point we do not have much left to give and we need to do something for ourselves.
Self-care can mean something different to everyone. It can be as simple as 5 minutes/day of meditation or as elaborate as a European vacation, or anywhere in between.
Our mental health spills over into our physical health. Don't take my word for it there are hours of reading online to support this. Here's one article. Attention to our mental healthcare is just as important, at times more important, than our physical healthcare.
Acknowledging you need a break is getting you half way there. Next, take action steps towards what you need.
Self care is survival!