An adorable new animated video produced by the Church begins by asking a powerful question: “Why is it that taking time to care for oneself is so often considered to be a selfish act?”
The video goes on to point out that often we think self-care must include extravagant measures, such as a full day at a spa or a luxury vacation.
“However, what most of us need is just a moment to pause and take a breath,” the video narrator says.
For the next few minutes, this charming video teaches how we can care for ourselves by doing tiny things that add up to have a big impact on our overall well-being. If you need a reminder that it is more than OK to take time to do things that make you happy, this video is for you.
Latter-day Saints and other viewers have responded enthusiastically to the video’s message.
McKaylee Pugmire commented on YouTube, “This is the first ‘take time for self-care’ promotion that’s actually clear about how to do that sustainably and holistically.”
Another YouTube viewer said, “Seeing this video has just made my day better. I always feel super guilty and even shameful whenever I try and set aside time to do things that I want to do or need to do regularly and because of that I never really enjoy my time. But this was just a nice reminder that I’m just as important as everyone else in my life.”
Luis Marquez offered a similar thought, “This is such a great video! I love the little and simple ideas given here for taking care of myself and not feeling I’m being selfish in the process.”
Chris Lafargue-Bonet added, “So timely for me! After sooo many months, heck years, of trying to make this happen, I actually was told in a priesthood blessing that it was “crucial” for me and for my family that I really do take care of myself. 😅 And I think I can finally see clearly enough not just why but, most importantly, how.”
Watch the full video below.
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