Yesterday was a day off from blogging, walking, working, nooming, parenting, and pretty much all the other “ings”. The day was dreary and just kind of blah with overcast, rainy weather off and on all day. Today I’ll get back to doing all the “ings” and reflect here on taking the day off yesterday. This morning, my inner critic told me that yesterday was a waste, but the one thing I did do was rest. And resting is a form of self-care and self-care is never a waste. I’m realizing that more and more. Why is it that when we care for ourselves we think we’re being selfish or lazy or whatever other negative thing our inner critic tells us we are doing wrong? I know that making self-care a priority is important not just for my own mental and physical health, but it helps me be the best me I can be for myself, and for those around me. And that’s always worth doing. It’s just that darn inner critic that says if I’m not busy accomplishing something then I’m wasting valuable time. I think the inner critic never stops talking, but I’m going to do my best to listen less. And if you’re struggling with self-care, then I’m giving you (and myself) permission to make it a priority. Not just for ourselves, but in order to be the best version of ourselves we can be for those we love and care about.