Clearer to us at Oh My Box is the importance of self-care in reducing stress, focusing on the more important things in life like the relationships that bring a smile to our faces, the thoughtfulness of others, spreading and dwelling on things that spark joy.

By making an active choice to gift self cafe whether to those around us or to ourselves, and regularly practicing this radical type of love for self and by extension others, we reap the benefits of a happier, calmer, caring, and more cared for self.

Here are 5 more reasons to gift self-care this year.

Self-Care Builds Awareness

Too often we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the day, self-care allows an intentional knowing of self. When we practice self-care we fill up our tank and recognize the early warning signs of fatigue and burnout.

Croissant for breakfast in bed

Self Care is Empowering

"Caring for Myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation and its an act of political warfare" - Audre Lorde

Once we have built a strong awareness of self, cues we ultimately reclaim power and autonomy over our lives, the path seems clearer, decisions easier to make, and trust in one's self and inner voice stands strong.

Self-Care Feels Good

Establishing new and good habits takes time, choosing yourself, or reminding those around you to choose themselves is better for creating a better self. Once you feel good, you are better able to look after others. So stop feeling guilty!

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