Happy National Bubble Bath Day! Yes…you read that right, it is National Bubble Bath Day today. I know that it may seem silly to devote an entire national day to bubble baths, but let’s dig into that idea a little bit more. 2020 has been an intense year with Covid, the political and economic climate, so maybe this day of Bubble Baths is a nice opportunity to take care of yourself. Practicing self-care is one of the most important things that we can do for ourselves but is often one of the most overlooked. When someone has gone through a traumatic experience, such as domestic or sexual violence, they may forget or be unable to do even the most basic self-care activities like eating healthy, drinking plenty of water, or bathing. Having a self-care plan in place that reminds them to do those necessary things is very important. Once they have reestablished the ability to attend to those basic needs, other self-care activities are able to be added. When we help someone create a self-care plan, we usually ask about things that make them happy, feel cozy, bring joy and then outline a time commitment to themselves and those activities that they enjoy.
Self-care isn’t just important for trauma survivors, it is important for everyone. It can be so easy to get caught up in the ins and outs of life that we forget to take time for ourselves. We work, we have homes, some have children, and all of these things usually get put ahead of our own needs. I challenge you to make a commitment to yourself to spend 15 to 30 minutes a day doing something for you. It can be something as simple as making a nice cup of tea and enjoying it or something as elaborate and drawn out as drawing a bath with all of the works (candles, salts, wine, books), or just spending time doing something that enriches your soul. Take advantage of National Bubble Bath Day and start a regular self-care practice, make yourself a priority! Here are some quotes to inspire you to start:
“An empty lantern provides no light. Self-care is the fuel that allows your light to shine brightly.” Unknown
“It is so important to take time for yourself and find clarity. The most important relationship is the one you have with yourself.” Diane Von Furstenberg
“It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.” Mandy Hale
“To be a good parent, you need to take care of yourself so that you can have the physical and emotional energy to take care of your family.” Michelle Obama
“Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and you are worth the effort.” Deborah Day
“Love yourself first, and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” Lucille Ball