Alright, Chicago! We're officially elbow-deep in January, that magical month where resolutions bloom like ambition-flavored confetti. New habits, heartfelt promises, and ideals you are building a new life on- but what’s behind it all? And when January ends, how can you make sure it’s sustainable, empowering, and right for your life?
We’re ready to dig into the nitty gritty of self-care as a key part of your New Year’s reset and resolutions. Ahead of our highly anticipated restorative event this month, we want to help you answer all the questions you’re asking about your year ahead, like:
What do you need to truly reset your mental health?
Why are self-care routines important?
How do you stick to your resolutions?
And what can you do about it all right now?
Let’s dive into everything self-care that you need to know—and everything we can teach you along the way!
Is it affirmations and lofty restorative days at the spa, like every marketing campaign seems to suggest? It can be, but it's actually much broader. Just as you might need emotional, physical, or spiritual rest, your self-care can come from many places. No matter how you slice it, it’s more than bubble baths and early nights.
Self-care is a conversation with yourself that’s committed to listening to the kinds of rest and support you need, and helping yourself to access them. It's about figuring out what your mind, body, and soul need to recharge and thrive. Anything that replenishes your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It's the yoga mat unfurled after a long day, the belly laugh shared with a friend, the nourishing meal cooked with love (or ordered from your favorite taco place, no judgment!). It's saying "no" to the things that drain you and saying "yes" to the things that make your soul sing. It’s also learning how to hear the signals your body and mind give you about those things, respecting their limits, and recognizing when you’ve breached them.
The importance of routine is backed by research and mentioned often, but why does it matter for your self-care? Life throws curveballs (and sometimes whole meteor showers), and finding the time and energy to prioritize ourselves can feel like hunting for glitter in a snowstorm. Despite our best intentions and most passionate commitments, self-care can be hard to maintain when things go sideways in your life.
Learning how to prepare for and respond to the unexpected in your routine with confidence will be a key part of keeping them from becoming stop signs instead of detours along your path. There’s no one-size-fits-all guarantee to success, just as there’s no one best resolution, but consistency is a universal key to success. Your self-care routine can be your own personal navigation system, rerouting every unexpected detour you take to keep you on a path toward the self-care and confidence you choose.
As we step into this new year, let’s make self-care a priority. It’s not just a buzzword; it’s a game-changer. So, join us on this journey. Let’s embrace self-nourishment, conquer those barriers, and craft routines that light up our souls. After all, investing in YOU is the best investment you can make.
During our reset and restore event, we will dive deeper into the types of self-care practices you might choose, like:
We'll also tackle the pesky barriers to self-care: that nagging inner critic, the time-crunch blues, and the fear of "selfishness." Because guess what? Taking care of yourself is not selfish, it's essential to ensure you can continue to live your life and love it along the way. Self-care starts with honoring your sense of self and responding to it through boundaries, commitments, and routines that support your well-being.
No matter how long you’ve been in therapy, Maribeth Germino is ready to welcome you with warmth as you prepare to step into a journey of change and cycle-breaking. She knows that processing past experiences and navigating the uncertainty of the future takes courage. She creates a safe space where you can unravel your uncertainties with curiosity, gain insights about yourself, and feel empowered to make positive changes.
Adolescents, young adults, and adults alike find support in sessions with Maribeth. Her therapeutic skill set includes work in Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Maribeth is passionate about working with immigrants, immigrant families, and the Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) community. Outside of the office, you can probably find her with her family and their rescue pup, relaxing with a craft, a game or her ever-growing stationery collection.
In this event, you'll walk away with practical tools and strategies to weave self-care into your daily routine, no matter how hectic. We'll brainstorm self-care rituals that fit your unique personality and lifestyle, because let's face it, a forced jog into the sunrise isn't everyone's cup of chamomile tea.
Can't make the event? Don't stress! Pure Health Center shares resources, self-care tips and future events on our blog and social media. You can find us on:
And right here on our blog. This event is just the beginning- together, let’s build a community of self-care champions, one bubble bath and mindful breath at a time.