There are so many different themes and ideas of what I want to photograph for this photo project this year! So, I put a poll on Instagram recently and asked for people to vote on what the theme for February should be, and “self care” won!
This was an interesting one for me, because I had to really think about what self care actually meant for myself. I think that most people assume that just taking a long bath is one of the major forms of self care, and while I don’t disagree (I DO love a nice long, hot, bath!!), I think self care is so much more than that.
The definition of self care is “the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health.” Not only physically, but mentally! Self care is NOT selfish. It’s an essential piece of the puzzle that is well being. It’s so so so so important, and I dare say it’s more important for women and moms in general because we naturally tend to put so many things before ourselves.
When thinking about how I wanted to photograph this, I thought about all the ways I could do it. But what it came down to is this:
Self care, to me, is doing things that fill my cup. That bring me joy. The things that if I go too long without, I will feel drained and depleted.
So, here are some things that are self care, to me (this can look different for everybody!)
- Washing my face with my oils from Primally Pure.
- Reading a book, and probably taking a quick power nap in the process.
- Reading my bible and doing my Daily Kairos. I notice a huge difference in how I’m feeling mentally if I skip this!
- Walking by the ocean.
- Dancing with my children. I especially love dancing slowly with James before his bedtime and feeling him get so snuggly and calm as I hold him!
- Prepping my plans for the week coming up.
- Taking a long, hot bath while I read or listen to worship music.
- Drinking tons of water.
- Eating foods that make my body feel good.
- Spending time with people who lift me up.
Without further ado, here are the photos from February’s theme of “Self Care”!
If you missed it, I explained what I’m doing for this project >>here<<.
Linda is a Portland-based photographer specializing in weddings and creating family legacies from Portland to Boston and across New England. You can see more of her work online at lindabarryphotography.com, on Instagram, or on Facebook. If you want to reach out directly: firstname.lastname@example.org.