Lucy Hale On Why Putting Yourself First Isn't Selfish

"Not only is it healthy, but it’s necessary so that you can be the best for everyone else around you."

So many of us have endless to-do lists: managing our home lives, our careers, our social lives, and beyond. Managing these stressors can come at a cost to our mental health when we forget to take care of ourselves in the process.

Lucy Hale, who's starred in shows such as Pretty Little Liars, Life Sentence, and her new film, Truth or Dare, certainly has a busy schedule. But recently, the actress took a solo trip to Arizona, and took to Instagram to tout the importance of self-care. 

"I spent my days hiking, meditating, and spending time with myself," Hale writes in a caption on her social platform. "I've never done this before because I used to feel that putting myself first was selfish. It's not. Not only is it healthy, but it's necessary so that you can be the best for everyone else around you."

Hale then adds that she knows this happens to people outside of her own industry, and says that in her line of work, it's 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."

"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," Hale adds, recommending Arizona, of course.

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According to Psychology Today, vacations are good for your brain. They can improve productivity, prevent "decision fatigue," restore motivation, increase creativity, and more.

"Vacation is essential to reset and remind yourself that career is not the be-all and end-all," Sherry Amatenstein, a therapist and editor of the "How Does That Make You Feel? True Confessions from Both Sides of the Therapy Couch," told CNN.  There are other facets to a healthy existence [outside work]." 

Since sharing her post, Hale has received a number of positive comments from followers.

"Yessss!! I love this. I've done a few solo trips abroad lately and agree that it's a phenomenal way to re-center yourself and focus on what's important," one person writes.

"Love everything about this. I do this a lot too. it does help. Needed to be reminded of it, especially today," another adds. 

Hale isn't the first celebrity who's discussed the need for a mental break and a focus on oneself, whether it be in response to work or other stressors. In 2016, Demi Lovato took a social media break to help rid herself of all the negativity surrounding the platform. Kristen Bell penned an essay about anxiety and depression and stressed the importance of mental health check-ins. 

Hopefully, Hale's post will further reiterate the need for everyone to stop, take a break, and show themselves a little self-love.

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