Michelle Obama has always been a vocal advocate for health and wellbeing – you may remember hearing about her ‘Let’s Move’ initiative, which she ran during her time as the United States’ First Lady.
And, although Michelle has now exited the Whitehouse, she’s continued her mission to inspire and educate the public on topics around health and wellness. Now, Michelle has dished out some very solid advice via her Instagram, highlighting the importance of prioritising self-care practices – even when you may feel like you don’t have time for it.
“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 favourite 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,” she wrote in the caption.
But that’s not all, Michelle has urged her followers to nurture their own self-care rituals and post evidence of doing so on their social media for her to see.
“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!” Michelle wrote, before concluding the post with #WellnessWednesday.
Wise words, Michelle. In today’s fast-paced world, it can be easy to get caught in the trappings of the daily grind, and forget to take care of yourself.
If you’re looking to improve your own self-care, you may like to try meditation. Check out our story on meditation tips for beginners here.
What do you think of Michelle Obama’s advice? Will you be following it? Let us know in the comments.
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Isobel is BEAUTYcrew’s Junior Beauty Writer. When she's not busy hunting for the latest beauty news, you’ll find her arranging her skincare collection in search of the perfect “shelfie.” Isobel was previously an intern in the beauty department at ELLE Australia.