For me, self-care has not come naturally. It has been something I need to make a conscious choice to participate in. In all honesty, I have been struggling at times and wondering why, only to later realize “Oh! I haven’t done anything for me in a long time”. I think we feel somewhat guilty to practicing self-care, as though it is not as productive as other things. For me, taking time to take care for myself means that I am better able to take care of the people around me. Self-care for me means practicing yoga, reading a good book with my dog cuddled beside me and/or having a girl’s night with friends that I do not always get to see. It means taking a Sunday afternoon to listen to some good music, dancing in my kitchen and wash/cut/prep my groceries for the week. It is in these moments I feel recharged and, if my fiancé happens to witness my horrible dance moves, maybe give him a laugh or two to boot. For me, self-care means being healthy and living my best life physically, emotionally and mentally. What I would say to anyone listening is: Self-care is not selfish! Make it a priority like you would any other doctor’s appointment or school assignment because YOU matter too!  

Jessica Savage

Registered Psychotherapist

B.A., M.A., R.P.HeadWay Clinic 907 Lorne St., Sudbury, ON P3C4R6Phone: (705) 670-2000