Corinne’s Take on Self-Care

Corinne’s Take on Self-Care

It sounds like self-care is at the center of all talks in 2018. I have read a lot of posts from bloggers who decided that this year would be their year and that they will devote more time to themselves. I do think it is great. There have been many talks about mental health, how it is perceived and how to improve your own. Focusing on self-care certainly is a way to improve one’s mental and general health.

Does self-care has an actual definition though?

According to the Oxford Dictionary, self-care is

“The practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health.”

or

“The practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.”

I feel like this definition is incredibly generic but at the same time very restrictive. So far, all the posts I have read focused on self-care as taking time for oneself, time to reflect, relax, separate professional and personal lives, do not let work takeover, etc. This is where I think it is restrictive.

I few weeks ago, I wrote a 24 hours in my life post where I described a typical day of mine. My days are very busy yet neither stressful nor exhausting. My work day does not finish when I leave my 9 to 5 job because I also work both as a freelancer and a blogger part-time. Most of the comments were super positive and the post got great reactions. Yet, some people judged and expressed their concern over me, my focus on work and my devotion to self-care. They talked without knowing.

I genuinely love my job. Everything I am doing, I do it because I love it. I wake up in the morning super excited to go to the office, the day goes by in a finger snap and I get home as happy as I was in the morning. My days are very long and sometimes I am exhausted but it does not mean I don’t enjoy what I am doing. And if practicing self-care includes protecting my happiness and improving my health, then being in a job I love is practicing self-care.

How I practice self-care is not as the definition is mostly interpreted but it does not mean it is not self-care. Everyone has their own definition and way of practicing self-care and preserving their happiness and health. So restrain yourself from judging or giving unsolicited opinions. I am genuinely happy at the moment with every aspect of my life. If I no longer am, then I will take action to protect my happiness.

Protecting your happiness and health is self-care, no matter in what way you do it. Focusing on your career included.

Coat – Precis (on sale)
Jumper – Missy Empire
Skirt – New Look (Old collection)
Boots – JustFab
Cross-body bag – TOBI
Tights – Primark

I hope I am not offending anyone here. The point of this post was just to express my views on self-care and that the definition should be larger to accept different ways of practicing it. You are of course allowed to disagree with me.

What it your definition of self-care? Do  you even have one? Did you decide to focus on that this year? Did you see it in that sense too? Including anything that makes you happy no matter what it is? Feel free to express your view on the topic, I am really curious to know what you think and understand more about self-care too.

I hope you liked this post. Thanks for reading.

See you soon,
Love,
Corinne

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87 Comments

  1. February 4, 2018 / 8:03 pm

    I recently did a post on self care, think it’s becoming a trend aha! Anyways, it’s alright to have different opinions on subjects! I really enjoyed this post x

  2. February 4, 2018 / 8:03 pm

    Hi, so long as you are happy and are managing what you feel is the right work life balance than that is all that matters. I never knew that self care has an actual definition. Oh I love the boots 😊.

  3. February 4, 2018 / 8:03 pm

    I completely agree with this post! Everyone has individual needs and styles, and whatever makes them happy and relaxed is for them to decide. Lovely pictures too 🙂

  4. Lea
    February 4, 2018 / 8:06 pm

    First of, your pictures are beautiful as are you 🙂 and I totally get you self-care can come in so many ways! For one it’s Netflix and chill for others a bath and others like to have a day away with their loved ones.
    Lea, xx
    http://asnippetoflife.com

  5. February 4, 2018 / 8:11 pm

    Self care is so important! Taking care of your self both in your mind and body is so so important and definitely something that I’m practicing more. Beautiful post!
    -Olivia Xxx

  6. February 4, 2018 / 8:11 pm

    What a fantastic post ! I’m torn between the two- I love making time for myself with a book or a bubble bath but I also love blogging which starts once the youngest is in bed and my house jobs are done. It brings me so much happiness and has helped me so much with my anxiety and depression it is def a form of self care for me.
    Thanks you for sharing this post I really enjoyed it😃

    Melanie | http://www.frasersfunhouse.com

  7. February 4, 2018 / 8:12 pm

    I definitely agree! Self-love and self-care are different for everyone. As long as what you’re doing works for you, then keep doing it!

  8. February 4, 2018 / 8:13 pm

    Your jumper is fab, and I have those boots and they are my faves. Lovely post!

  9. February 4, 2018 / 8:13 pm

    I really liked this post 🙂 I am quite similar in the fact that a lot of people tell me I’m “too hard on myself’ but I want to be successful and I WANT to work hard and I’m happy doing that so why should I stop if I’m okay!? It’s good to hear you’re happy girl, keep doing you 🙂 and btw I LOVE that jumper, you’re rocking it!
    Alice Xx

  10. February 4, 2018 / 8:16 pm

    to me, self care is making sure i’m happy and healthy! which i need to focus on a lot more, i feel like i neglect myself quite a bit and i don’t listen to my own needs, i’m always doing to please other people but hardly ever myself. eye opening post Corinne!

    connxvi.com

  11. February 4, 2018 / 8:21 pm

    I really enjoy this post quite a lot (also outfit on point!) and we all agree self-care is important and it’s not just splurging on bath bombs and makeup but also taking care of our job, homework, cleaning our home and getting rid of people who are toxic to us and like you said “protecting happiness and health is self-care”. I really, really, love this post and again your outfit which I’m completely in love both the boot and the black and red top!

    Michelle| http://www.brokebutflawless.com

  12. February 4, 2018 / 8:29 pm

    I loved reading this! And I whole heartedly agree. It’s great to take time for yourself and relax every now and again but it’s true, work doesn’t necessarily have to feel like work if you’re fortunate enough to love what you’re doing. So glad I read this one! 💕

    Oh and I read that post. I was more shocked at how quickly you can get ready than how much time you spend working!

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

  13. February 4, 2018 / 8:35 pm

    Self care means different things to different people. For me, it is curling up on the sofa with a glass of wine after a long day of research, but I know that this is specific to my personal situation. You’re right, we shouldn’t judge others if our idea of self-care differs to theirs.

    Lisabeth

  14. February 4, 2018 / 8:38 pm

    This is an interesting take on it – it’s true though, self-care is looking after yourself and then it does depend on the person and what they see as looking after themselves. As long as you are happy – that’s what matters! Great pictures by the way – love the outfit!

    Amy,
    https://creativenails.uk

  15. February 4, 2018 / 9:00 pm

    First of all, love the jumper!

    I get a bit sick of self-care this, self-care is so important. Don’t get me wrong, it really is important! But I feel like people are saying it as a buzz word. Self care is sooo important for our mental health. It’s not just about doing face masks or having a bath. It knowing when to stop pushing your self and relax.

    So happy to find your blog!

    Kara x

  16. February 4, 2018 / 9:14 pm

    Well said… I don’t turn off at 5. It can be stressful but I try not to let it get to me

  17. February 4, 2018 / 9:16 pm

    Beautiful pictures and what a beautiful post also. Self care is so important but also important for your mental health too. As long as you’re happy, that’s all that matters!

    Charlotte | http://fadingtulips.blogspot.co.uk

  18. February 4, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    I get told I’m a work-a-holic all the time, but I love everything I do so I’m happy! I can totally relate to people judging you for not abiding by their version of self-care!

    Chloe ❤ http://www.anomalouschloe.com

  19. February 4, 2018 / 9:34 pm

    You’re so right! Everybody has their own way of practicing self care. For me, it’s journalling and putting my thoughts on paper. Also, I love your fashion style! The photos of you are lovely!

  20. Ayse
    February 4, 2018 / 9:41 pm

    This is an amazing post and as you mentioned self care is very important for your mind and self wellbeing! I really enjoyed reading this post and your outfit looks super cute! x

  21. February 4, 2018 / 10:19 pm

    Great post and it has got me thinking. My definition would be just looking after yourself and taking time out for you.

  22. Cristina Leau
    February 5, 2018 / 1:16 pm

    Self-care is indeed a trend this year. It’s true what you say, we are all different and we take self-care differently. I start a new project at the same company and now I love my job once more. So I do understand what you say, that you take your job with you, but that makes you happy.

  23. February 5, 2018 / 1:43 pm

    First of all, this is such a pretty outfit. Second, yes, self care is important! I get mine by reading. I should probably also do things like make sure my hair is nice, but eh. I’d rather read.

  24. February 5, 2018 / 2:42 pm

    it is so important to dedicate self-care on the daily. self-care is really important for our mental health, but it is also about telling yourself you love yourself, and how much you are proud of yourself not just by eating chocolate or taking a bath.

  25. February 5, 2018 / 3:02 pm

    I love that you mentioned that we all have our own definition of self care because it’s true. Self care for others may not be what self care is for you. I think it’s important to just do what makes you feel amazing about yourself and what keeps you happy.

  26. February 5, 2018 / 4:21 pm

    I’m in love with this entire outfit! I wish I had somewhere to wear a sweater like that!

  27. February 5, 2018 / 4:23 pm

    Self care has been all over the internet for the entire month of January, and I didn’t even notice, until you pointed it out! I think self care is totally different for everyone. It’s that whole no one fit all scenario.

  28. February 5, 2018 / 5:06 pm

    I totally agree! 💕 Self care can mean whatever it wants to the individual. Personally, having a hot bubble bath and listening to Spotify playlists in the evening is my version of self care as a way to relax and unwind. Whatever works for you is just right. Lovely outfit too! Great post 💖 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  29. February 5, 2018 / 5:09 pm

    It’s important to realise that everyone’s definition of self-care is different. Although the general term is quite vague, everyone looks after themselves differently, has different tastes and things that make them happy and therefore, everyone’s idea of a day of self care is different.

  30. February 5, 2018 / 5:14 pm

    Such an interesting post, Corinne! I really admire you for being so open and honest about what self care means to you, there is definitely no right or wrong way to do it! I definitely agree that the dictionary definition is a little restrictive! If working on multiple projects and keeping busy every single day is what you enjoy, and enables you to live your best life then you get out there and smash it! I think you’re doing brilliantly!

    On a side note, I absolutely love what you’re wearing too!

    Abbey x

  31. Alice
    February 5, 2018 / 5:18 pm

    I’m so glad you’re happy in your job! It really does make all the difference (I wish I was!)

    Alice | Dainty Alice

  32. February 5, 2018 / 5:45 pm

    I love this post! Self care definitely shouldn’t be about sitting at home in pj’s doing absolutely nothing if thats not what will work for you! I’m so glad you love your job too- https://sophiehearts.net x

  33. Jay Colby
    February 5, 2018 / 5:52 pm

    Self-care is something we all need to focus more on in 2018. It’s vital to our mental health to make sure we’re taking care of physical and mental health.

  34. February 5, 2018 / 6:42 pm

    Such a great post, I agree self care is something that is very individual and can mean different things to different people and thats okay.

  35. February 5, 2018 / 7:55 pm

    I agree with all the points your bring up on self-care! It should definitely be a priority for everyone. Love your outfit!

  36. Jessica Taylor
    February 5, 2018 / 9:47 pm

    I am finally realizing how important self care is. As a single mom, I tend to wear myself pretty thin. A little time for myself is good for the soul.

  37. February 5, 2018 / 11:54 pm

    I agree, there are different definitions of self care depending on the person you’re asking. I think yours is great and if that makes you happy then why should others question it. So long as we’re doing something for ourselves, that’s awesome.

  38. February 6, 2018 / 12:54 am

    I think for everyone self care is slightly different as we all have different needs we need to think about and look after, for me it’s just spending some time for myself, reading or watching a good film.

  39. February 6, 2018 / 1:44 pm

    My definition of self care this year is taking care of home. And by that I mean focusing on personal goals and doing whatever is necessary to accomplish them.

  40. February 6, 2018 / 2:36 pm

    I always focus on me more than anything else . For my friends that’s a bad habit but I think you should yourself first to love others.

  41. February 6, 2018 / 2:37 pm

    I always focus on me more than anything else . For my friends that’s a bad habit but I think you should love yourself first to love others.

  42. February 6, 2018 / 3:37 pm

    I guess we cannot take away the opinions of others. We just have to learn how to accept constructive criticism and for those who just want to bash around. As long as you enjoy and doesn’t cause any harm to others, do anything you want.

  43. liza
    February 6, 2018 / 4:14 pm

    “SELF CARE” two words that is so important, specialy to us moms. Love the post and your outfit!

  44. Kiwi
    February 6, 2018 / 5:16 pm

    This would make for a good Vday outfit. Good tips on self-care we all need to be mindful of this!

  45. February 6, 2018 / 6:29 pm

    I particularly love your boots – of course I have yet to meet a pair of boots I didn’t love!

  46. February 6, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    Loved this post and so glad everything is going well. I definitely like to have self care like focusing on hints that benefit me and my health. Thanks for sharing x

  47. February 6, 2018 / 7:05 pm

    I agree! I think a lot of things can be a form of self-care, as long as it’s something we do to improve our own lives. Getting my bills in order and budgeting isn’t a fun thing to do, but I have the goal to move to a different city in the summer, so in a way it’s also practicing self-care because I’m working towards getting into a better environment. Loved this post!

  48. February 6, 2018 / 7:06 pm

    I’ve always focused on self-care, but I guess I never realized that’s what I was doing. School has been a huge part of my life, and I would often feel overwhelmed with everything I had to do for classes that I would take breaks and just nap, or watch a movie with friends. It’s something I’ve always made sure I do, take breaks to calm down when I get so stressed. I love this post and I am so happy to hear you’re at a great point in life!

  49. February 6, 2018 / 7:19 pm

    I think it’s important to be aware of yourself; physically and mentally. It’s also very easy to say you’re taking care of yourself to be actually neglecting one or the other.

  50. Emma
    February 6, 2018 / 7:32 pm

    For me self care is whatever helps you relax/makes you happy. It may be work for some, reading, relaxing in a bath or going for a walk. Myself, I like to set aside time to read because is when I’m most relaxed.

    Emma x http://www.bookinggoodread.com

  51. February 6, 2018 / 7:33 pm

    We live in a world where people talk when we do bad, and people still talk when we do good. There’s no end to keep the others satisfied. But to me, self-care means my happiness. As long as you’re happy Corinne, you should know that you’ve done good to yourself 🙂 x

  52. February 6, 2018 / 7:57 pm

    Self care is so needed for a lot of moms. We need to take care of us in order to take care of others.

  53. February 6, 2018 / 8:09 pm

    I totally agree with you, self care in itself should be protecting your happiness and health in whatever way you see suit. I’m always on the go myself dealing with new business proposals and balancing my blog, yes it’s hella busy and exhausting but it’s fun because I’m a busy body & idk how not to be. I try to balance my mental health as well. Keep on being a girlboss Corinne and looking as stellar as you do! 🙂

    xx Lena | https://lenadeexo.com

  54. Charlotte
    February 6, 2018 / 8:46 pm

    I do’t like it when people define such broad terms. Self care is whatever it means to you, and that is amazing that you are so happy in your work, it’s what so many of us strive for!

    https://my20staughtme.wordpress.com

  55. February 6, 2018 / 11:22 pm

    I understand your take on Self Care. Its like a snowflake! I don’t think everyone’s “self care” methods are the same. Also, I love your outfit, those heels look great on you!

  56. February 7, 2018 / 2:10 am

    I think self-care is subjective to a person. We all are different and our needs can also vary from person to person… or even day by day! Some days my self care is to take a nap.. but other days, I need physical activity. It just depends.

  57. February 7, 2018 / 3:15 am

    I really couldn’t agree more. What a lovely blogpost. Everyone has their own ways to care for their minds and bodies. Thanks for sharing, dear!

  58. February 7, 2018 / 3:34 am

    I actually did a post recently about self care. I can understand that there are a varied of ways to do it.

  59. sonal
    February 7, 2018 / 3:37 am

    what a timely post that is well written as well. I am toally with you. Self care is very important and yes I am committed to better self care regime in 2018.

  60. February 7, 2018 / 4:35 am

    I do agree that focusing on self-care certainly is a way to improve one’s mental and general health, for me self care makes me a lot more happy.

  61. February 7, 2018 / 5:54 am

    I love your boots, I have enough collection of boots and high heels but always ready to try out new collection of footwear. Thanks for this lovely post.

  62. February 7, 2018 / 6:50 am

    I am convinced with you over, for me also blogging is an inevitable task. I love doing it. For me, self-care is the most important thing. People say whatever they like without knowing about it. I never listen to them. However, sometimes, criticism helps me in improving myself. But it happens very less.

  63. February 7, 2018 / 10:56 am

    Love to read this and knowing that you love and enjoy your work. It is only bu loving what you do will you be at your happiest and he able to give that proper care to self.

  64. February 7, 2018 / 11:04 am

    Great ideas and thoughts and an elegant look for the outdoors. Greetings!

  65. February 7, 2018 / 1:31 pm

    I totally agree. “The practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health.” This is a good reminder.

  66. February 7, 2018 / 3:16 pm

    My focus this year will be on my health and appearance. Last year I started on an adventure called blogging and I completely dedicated myself to writing for my blog. This year I have found my schedule and I have more time to go on fitness, massages, and spa. The next year’s plan is to enter a sport or complete a diving course.

  67. February 7, 2018 / 4:21 pm

    Awesome! My girlfriend absolutely loves these kind of beauty and fashion tips. This is exactly the kind of stuff she freaks out about. Sending to her now to see what she thinks 🙂

  68. February 7, 2018 / 5:07 pm

    I am totally in agreement with you. It is so important that you learn to take care of yourself and your own health. Thanks for the reminder.

  69. February 7, 2018 / 10:29 pm

    My definition of self care is spending time for myself and doing things that refresh my energy level. This can be anything from a relaxing bath to shopping for a new dress.

  70. February 7, 2018 / 11:31 pm

    Such a beautiful post. You pictures and outfits are great too. I think that you did a great job explaining self care. Self care is so important! I will be practicing taking care of myself both in mind and body.

  71. February 8, 2018 / 2:39 am

    Self care is incredibly important! For me, my idea of self care is taking time for myself, whether it’s reading a book, getting a facial, or going shopping…alone.

  72. Blair villanueva
    February 8, 2018 / 4:12 am

    Not everyone realize but selfcare is a huge $$$ industry, and there are still amnay niche related to self care that are untapped.
    When you value selfcare, it doesn’t matter spending more for yourself. That includes beauty, travel, experience, future investments, etc. Selfcare is an investment, and also helps to be good for yourself long term.

  73. February 8, 2018 / 11:25 am

    Self-care is so important! Taking care of your self both in your mind and body is so so important and definitely something that I’m practicing more. Beautiful post!

  74. February 8, 2018 / 1:15 pm

    Self time for me is when you take a time off from your busy life. And you do something that makes you feel relax and recharge your energy. Something that you enjoy doing, going to spa , reading , exercising anything,

  75. February 8, 2018 / 1:52 pm

    The definition of self-care depends on what your main weaknesses are?

  76. February 8, 2018 / 9:17 pm

    I loved this post, self care is so important. I definitely try to incorporate self care into my life. PS I love your outfit!

  77. Blair villanueva
    February 8, 2018 / 11:07 pm

    Self-care should be a priority. It isn’t selfish to love ourselves first! I love your top, and you look fabulous!

  78. Joana Marisa
    February 10, 2018 / 3:16 pm

    Red is so my color and it looks great on you. Well done photos! I wish I have photos like these! Great post

  79. February 12, 2018 / 10:27 am

    You are so gorgeous on that dress dear. And I agree self-care is very important so we can able to manage our tasks and responsibilities efficiently.

  80. February 16, 2018 / 4:18 am

    Self care is so important but in this day and age, people don’t put themselves first…too busy focusing on the exterior rather than the interior. I love that top btw 🙂

  81. February 16, 2018 / 8:39 am

    Beautiful photos! I agree, self-care is whatever you need as a person to make you happy and relaxed!

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