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  • Writer's pictureNicole Ogg

Take care of you.

It’s the last Wednesday in May, Mental Health Awareness Month, so it’s only fitting that my last article follows suit with the rest of this month's articles.


So, to finish off the month I want to talk about taking care of ourselves. What do you do to take care of yourself? How do you pour back into your cup? What do you do to relieve stress and make yourself happy? How do you celebrate a goal that you reached or the fact that you made it through another week? I really hope there are some answers that come to mind when reading those questions. And if nothing comes to mind, I hope you use this article to think about ways that you can take care of yourself.


Now, I know that pouring back into yourself can be hard but it is so necessary! And I will be the first to admit that I don’t fully understand how hard it is because I’m a 29 year old, single, cat mom that has the luxury of working from home, so I have plenty of time to fill up my cup (literally and figuratively). But for all of you who physically go to a job everyday, run your own business, are in between jobs, work more than one job, keep up with housework, take care of your kids, take care of your spouse, take care of yourself, care for other family members, are still in school, whatever your situation might be right now, I want you to make the time to pour into your cup. Maybe it’s a 10 minute bubble bath with your favorite book and a large glass of wine…or liquor. Maybe it’s a trip to the gym or to the salon to get a mani/pedi. Maybe it’s a walk on the bike path during your lunch break where you can breathe in the fresh air and feel the sunshine on your skin. Or maybe, hear me out on this one, it’s saying “no”. Saying “no” is a form of self-care as well and something that a lot of us don’t use enough. You are allowed to say no. If it’s not going to benefit you or help refill your cup, say it.


Whatever form of self-care you choose, please make it a habit for yourself. For your mental, physical and emotional health. For your happiness, your family's happiness, and the happiness that you exude to others around you. Everyone knows you cannot pour from an empty cup. Whether your cup is half full or overflowing, always remember that you cannot take care of others if you’re not taking care of yourself! So sis, what are you going to do to fill your cup tonight?!

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