When should you practice self care?

And how much self care is enough? Do your self-care practices look different on weekdays versus the weekends?

Then there’s the question of when does self care turn into laziness? Or when does self care turn into an excuse to avoid things in your life?

What’s not up for question, though, is that self-care practices help you refresh.

Since I’m an introvert and a highly sensitive person, self-care practices are a must. I’m of no help when I haven’t had time to rest and relax after the hustle drains my energy.

So when should you practice self care?

I have found that in order to keep yourself balanced, you must practice self care at the right time–before the stress, overwhelm, or burnout gets out of control.

You should practice self-care in the following instances:

1. When you’re working your butt off

When you give your best effort in all areas of your life, whether it’s caring for your family or working over-time, you’re bound to feel stress, pressure, or overwhelm.

Communicating and collaborating with people requires you to be alert, open, and focused. There’s a need for a positive attitude, or, in the least, a flexible attitude.

Self-care keeps you centered while you hustle.

2. When you’re going through a lot

There are phases in your life when you need to be extra gentle with yourself.

For example, when you experience times of change or grief, practicing self care helps you come to terms with change or loss.

When you have a lot going on, practicing self care helps you become aware of what’s important so that you stop causing yourself unnecessary stress.

3. When you’re preparing for the upcoming hustle

Preparing for the upcoming hustle is just as important as refreshing yourself after the hustle.

When you prepare for the upcoming hustle, you prioritize feeling balanced, recharged, and refreshed so that you can be your best self and give your best work when it’s time to hustle again.

No matter what your self-care practices look like or how much time you need to reenergize, don’t ignore the signs telling you that you need a self-care break.

Self-care isn’t only for weekends

Self-care means listening to your body’s needs, tending to what needs attention in yourself. Self-care isn’t only for weekends. Care for your needs every day. You know what works best for you because you know your strengths and weaknesses, your personality, your schedule.

When you want connection or need help, find the right person to talk to. When you’d like some quiet and alone time to wind down, find a few minutes in your schedule to do just that. When your body needs movement, play a song and dance to it.

What does self-care look like to you? Do you have self-care days? Or do you make time for self-care every day?

Making time for self-care everyday helps as a prevention process for me. If I’m grappling with an internal struggle, I take some time to feel the emotions tied to that struggle so that I may find peace. If I sat down most of the day for meetings and presentations, I know that my body needs movement.

Do you know yourself well? Do you know what your triggers are? Do you know what parts of yourself still need healing, light, and love?

Self-care throughout the week means that every single day, you begin and end your days with balance. Give yourself permission to free up your time. To prioritize.

Be fully there for your heart.

After you check off self-care from your to-do list, you have more presence, more space, more grace, more wholeness, and more understanding to care for others.

How are you practicing self-care this weekend? Do you believe self-care is only for weekends? What do you see as the result of completing a self-care practice?