In a time where we’re constantly bombarded with to-do lists, homework and push notifications, it’s often too easy to forget to make time for Numero Uno.
But as far as Lucy Hale is concerned, it’s seriously important.
In a recent Instagram post, the actress explained that a recent solo trip to Arizona completely changed her perspective on self-care.
“I spent my days hiking, meditating and spending time with myself. I’ve never done this before because I used to feel that putting myself first was selfish. It’s not,” she wrote.
“Not only is it healthy, but it’s necessary so that you can be the best for everyone else around you.”
She also acknowledged that work stresses can prevent us from savouring the moment.
“I know this happens in other industries other than the one I’m in, but it’s incredibly easy to get sucked into the vortex of worrying about the next job, the success of a current one and what others think of you,” she added.
“This trip was a beautiful reminder that my health and happiness are crucial to the life I want to live and in order to be the best for my career and my loved ones, it’s necessary to do really nice things for yourself. SO, I highly recommend treating your mind, body and spirit right (and taking a solo getaway.)
Consider this a timely reminder that the busier and more strung-out you are, the more essential it is to check in with what’s really going on.
Your state of mind (and your body) will thank you for it later.
This article originally appeared on Women's Health.