The Importance of Self Care

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The Importance of Self Care

The importance of self care has never been, well, more important! Today’s fast-paced world places us all under so much pressure where the expectation to do everything almost instantaneously is unforgiving.  We all know that taking care of our physical health is important. But what about our mental and emotional health?
Just as our bodies need exercise, good nutrition, and adequate sleep, our minds and emotions need self care as well. Unfortunately, in today’s fast-paced world, self care often falls by the wayside. We tell ourselves we don’t have time for it. We convince ourselves that we can tough it out. But it’s important to remember that you can’t pour from an empty cup.

The truth is, if we don’t make time for self care, we’ll eventually pay the price in terms of our physical and mental health.

That’s why self care is so important. When you take the time to nurture your mind, body, and soul you’re better equipped to handle whatever life throws your way. When you take care of yourself, you’re able to recharge and come back to your work with fresh energy and a clear mind.
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What is Self Care?

Self care is anything we do intentionally to care for our physical, mental and emotional health. It’s about taking the time to recharge our batteries, both physically and emotionally. It’s about taking care of ourselves so that we can be our best selves for others.
Self care can take many different forms. For some people, it might mean taking a relaxing bath at the end of a long day. For others, it might mean going for a walk in nature or listening to calming music. It might even mean taking some time each day to journal or meditate.

The important thing is that you find what works for you and make it a priority in your life.

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Why Self Care is Important

Self care is important because it helps us to avoid burnout. When we don’t take care of ourselves mentally and emotionally, we eventually reach a point where we’re running on empty. We become irritable, anxious and depressed. Our work suffers, as does our relationships with family and friends.

That’s why it’s so important to make self care a priority in your life. By taking care of yourself, you’ll be better able to take care of those around you.

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How to Incorporate Self Care into Your Life

Like anything, practising self care needs to become a habit. Do you brush your teeth every night? Yes. Why? To look after your teeth AND because you’ve just always done it.

Do you tell yourself you’re amazing every day or give yourself 15 minutes to take a walk outside and appreciate nature? No. That’s because you’re not in the habit of doing so. Like any good routine, it takes repetition.

Whatever it is, do it and it’ll become second nature just like brushing your teeth.

There are a number of physical ways you can incorporate self care into your life:

  • Schedule time for yourself every day. Whether it’s taking a few minutes for a quick walk around the block or spending an hour reading your favourite book, carving out time for yourself will help you feel refreshed and recharged.
  • Incorporate self care into your life is to make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Most adults need between 7 and 8 hours of sleep each night.
  • Eating healthy foods and exercising regularly are also important for taking care of yourself both physically and mentally.

There are also a number of emotional ways you can promote self care within yourself:

  • Set boundaries. If you’re being treated unfairly by someone, don’t be afraid to calmly remind them that what they’re doing/saying to you is not welcome or necessary. Respect yourself – you don’t have to accept someone else’s bad behaviour.
  • Saying no to things that don’t contribute to your growth.
  • Spend time around healthy people. Positive people create positive feelings. Those positive feelings send serotonin around your brain and you feel happy. You deserve to feel happy.
  • Practice positive self-talk. Start framing it differently. Instead of “Why did I do that – I’m so stupid!” How about “Oh well at least now I’ve learnt not to do that again!” And move on from it. Really … just move on.
  • Start the day positively.  As you get out of bed tell yourself “It’s going to be a great day” or “I am loved. I am capable. I am kind”.
  • Forgive yourself when you make a mistake. You’d forgive your friends and your family, right? Surely you can forgive yourself too.
  • Ask for help when you need it.  You’ll find most people are happy to help you, it’s just YOU that feels like you’re being an obligation. You’re not.
  • Help others. When people ask me for my help, it actually makes me feel good. It’s proven that helping others benefit our own mental health and wellbeing. It can reduce stress as well as improve happiness and self-esteem.

Self love is not about treating yourself with dark chocolate or a bubble bath from time to time. It is about making a choice to create a life you don’t need to escape from.

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Conclusion

Self care is important for a number of reasons. It helps improve productivity, reduces stress, and can even improve relationships. There are a number of ways to incorporate self care into your life, including scheduling time for yourself each day, getting enough sleep and eating healthy foods and exercising regularly.
Even just by reading this blog, you’ve given yourself a few minutes to simply “consider yourself”.  High fives! So make sure to take care of yourself so that you can be at your best.
So now that you know why self care is important, what are you waiting for? Make time for yourself today! The more often you do it, the more likely it will become a habit and before you know it, you’ll be practising self care without even realising it.  You’ll feel happier plus your mind, body, and soul will thank you for it!

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Wishing you good nights & days ahead.

La’Dormir

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