Transcript for Why you should prioritize time for self-care
Now to our new series, self-care nation. Sometimes taking care of yourself just feels like another thing on the to-do list, but it can yield big benefits and might be easier to do than you think. Janai is back and will show us how to get started. Oh, I'm so slammed next week. I'm sorry, if you want to go, I'll make it. When was it? Reporter: Life's never ending to-do list. Sound familiar? That's how life looked for Alicia Ramos until she learned how to prioritize time for herself. I would put in my hours at the office and then after hours I would come home and do more work. Constantly online and saying yes to everything. Reporter: She recognized a need for change in her life so she created an online community called girl's night in on self-care that reaches 150,000 readers weekly. A lot of our content is focused on friendships and how to strengthen friendships. Also on the flip side of things, how to maintain boundaries with certain individuals in your life. Reporter: Ramos is part of the millions seeking answers. The self-care industry is $10 billion strong with a hashtag that returns more than 18 million hits on Instagram. And she says it goes beyond just relaxing with a face mask. You don't necessarily need to spend money. It could even extend to your relationships. I haven't seen my friend in a while, maybe I'll shoot her a quick text. Don't feel guilty about taking some time to figure out what makes you happy, what brings joy in your life. Our thanks to janai for that. Dr. Jen is back. Practicing self-care, it's important for your health as well. For sure, robin. Think of this on the spectrum of preventative medicine or think of it like taking your car in for maintenance before it actually breaks down. It is a major health trend right now as we just heard in the piece. And I think there are a lot of myths and misconceptions. It's not selfish. It's not about spending a lot of money. It's not just for women. Men are doing it too. And it's not really just about yourself. It might involve giving or philanthropy, and it's really important. It's making quite an impact. I'm glad you said that, self-care is not selfish, not at all. For sure. Can you perhaps go a little too far? I think obviously you can. Anything where we talk about on a spectrum has the propensity to go overboard. I think if it's taken to excess, that can be suboptimal. If you ignore basic health care practices just in favor of what you deem to be self-care, that's potentially risky. And with anything, if the risks outweigh the benefits of anything you're doing, not so good. Okay, Jen has a book that's coming out in December, "The self-care solution," so you know what you're talking about here but why do we make it so it's not just checking another thing off the box. I learned do one thing at a time. The reason I started this self-care experiments is when I was at my lowest I felt that challenging myself month by month helped me feel better. I'll share that with our viewers and I hope it helps a lot of people. I'm sure it will. You always do. Thank you so much.
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