Michelle Obama took time off on Wednesday to share how she practices self-care – meditation.
The former First Lady encouraged her followers to take the time to look after their physical and mental well-being.
If Michelle Obama, the girls’ education champion and all-around icon, is able to take a day off to focus on self-care, none of us have any excuse to skip out. In a very personal Instagram post, Michelle recalled how she has been able to fit in some self-care into her daily routines. “Whether it was going to the gym at the crack of dawn or finding an extra moment to unwind in my favorite chair, in order for me to be at my best for others around me, I needed to find some time for myself,” she wrote. It’s an important reminder that the benefits of self-care goes far beyond ourselves. It changes how we interact with others – if we are happy, we are able to treat others better, thus passing the joy along.
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Over the years I’ve recognized something important: Whether it was going to the gym at the crack of dawn or finding an extra moment to unwind in my favorite chair, in order for me to be at my best for others around me, I needed to find some time for myself. That’s easier said than done, and it can feel impossible when our kids, jobs, and lives rely on us for so much. But it couldn’t be more important for our well-being. Over the past month, I’ve heard from you all about the steps you’re taking to prioritize yourselves—daily morning runs, joining book clubs, setting boundaries on difficult relationships, picking up new hobbies when the kids leave home, and so much more. It’s wonderful stuff, truly—and in seeing your comments, I saw how powerful it is to have a community that supports us in our health. So before the end of summer, I want you to find a friend to join you in some of these personal wellness moments—post a picture and tag me so I can see it, too! Because getting some time for ourselves doesn’t necessarily mean that we have to be alone! #WellnessWednesday
However, she acknowledges that it’s not always easy, with life often getting in the way. “But it couldn’t be more important for our well-being,” she said. Her followers have taken it as a challenge, with many sharing their experiences, further motivating Michelle. “It’s wonderful stuff, truly—and in seeing your comments, I saw how powerful it is to have a community that supports us in our health,” she added. She closed her caption by challenging us to take moments with our friends to practice some self-care – because self-care doesn’t have to be a solitary experience – and share it on Instagram.
Self-care has become a point of necessity in this day and age. Considering our incredibly stressful lives and the worrisome world we live in, some self-care can go a long way towards keeping us centred and recharged.
What would be your ideal #WellnessWednesday routine? Share your plans in the comment section.