Taking time for yourself isn’t selfish, it allows you to refill and replenish in order to show up for others in the way you would prefer. When you picture self-care, what do you see? Do you see spa days, bubble baths and delicious treats? This may be a part of self-care, but it isn’t only about indulgences – self-care is all about adding activities to your day-to-day routine that you love and that is good for your physical or mental well-being.
What Is Self-Care Not?
In order to understand this concept better, it might be a good idea to take note of what it is not. It is not something you force yourself to do. It is not something you do not enjoy doing.
It is not only about considering our own needs; it is about knowing what we need to do in order to take care of ourselves, so that we are subsequently able to take care of others.
The Importance Of Self-Care
The truth of it is, work and personal obligations and stressors can overwhelm us if we don’t remember to take care of ourselves. Self-care can help prevent burnouts, promote a healthy work and personal relationships, help refocus and reduce the negative effects of stress.
When life gets busy, it’s easy to neglect taking care of yourself and instead opt for activities that make you feel energised. Noting the above benefits, it’s important to try to take a few moments for yourself every day, whatever form that takes.
Don’t Neglect Yourself – Here’s Why
Stress management – A small dose of stress can indeed be beneficial as it nudges us to get moving. Constant stress and anxiety can however have adverse effects on your physical and mental well-being. Self-care habits such as practicing mindfulness, connecting with a loved one or eating healthy minimise these adverse effects. You will see an improvement in your energy levels, confidence and mood.
Better health – Self-care is about more than just your mental health; it is also about taking care of your physical health. Sticking to a healthy sleep routine, healthy eating habits, regular exercise, good personal hygiene and other self-care activities will allow you to reap endless benefits.
Stop existing, start living – Life is fleeting, so why waste it? You may have responsibilities, but they should not keep you from being able to spend a few quality minutes per day on only yourself. Remembering to enjoy the little things like a good cup of tea or the feeling of rain on your skin is a great way to get your daily dose of happiness.
A healthy balance – Contrary to what society might teach us, being a workaholic is not a good thing. Overworking, along with exhaustion and stress, will lead to lower productivity, emotional depletion and disorganisation. Remember to stay balanced!
Know your worth – Self-care is also maintaining a good relationship with yourself. It promotes positive thoughts, improves your self-esteem and boosts your confidence. Additionally, taking care of yourself is a good reminder, to you and others, that you and your needs are important.
10 Easy Self-Care Habits
When you are ready to start taking care of you, here 10 things you can start implementing in your life to improve your wellbeing, mentally and physically.
1. Go to bed a little earlier
2. Identify something in your life that you are grateful for every day
3. Try to eat more balanced if you feel your diet could improve
4. Avoid emotional eating, rather find a healthier outlet
5. Choose who you spend time with
6. Try a mindfulness exercise
7. Learn to say ‘No’ when your diary is already full
8. Laugh at least once a day
9. Take a break when you feel the need
10. Move your body by regularly doing something you enjoy
There are plenty of things you can do to take care of yourself and the list will differ for everyone. Don’t wait until tomorrow or a special occasion, start practicing right now. Make yourself a priority in your own life – that’s how it should be. Like all new healthy habits, it takes practice. Just keep going, don’t give up.
Reach out to us if you feel this is an area in your life that needs attention or if you need help in setting self-care goals and reaching them.