Self Care – Do Something For Yourself So That You Can Do For Others Too
You’ve probably heard the term “self-care” before. In the past, you could have heard it in the thrown around a lot. I’ve noticed though, during times like this, times of uncertainty and challenge we don’t hear it as much.
There’s so much going on right now, I wanted to make sure we bring Self-Care back in full force. It’s needed!
Are you saying, “self-care…..what?!? I can’t go for a pedi or a massage, I’m stuck in my house” Well friends, Self-care is not just about spa days. It’s about so much more than that.
Let’s chat about what it can be, why it’s really important and I’ll give you tips on how you can get started with your own routine too.
What is Self-Care?
In simplest terms, it’s caring for yourself. It can be nurturing your body, mind and spirit. Stay with me, we aren’t going all wooo-wooooo here, but there’s nothing wrong with that either. It’s finding what works best for you.
The focus is being as good to yourself as you would be to someone you care about. Sounds almost silly, right? Well, actually most of us and not only be pretty mean to ourselves, but we can be so busy taking care of everyone and everything else we don’t give ourselves the time we need.
Understanding that self-care is not self destructive. It’s intentionally finding the tools to help move yourself forward. What is self-care NOT, well using coping buffers like drugs, overeating, over drinking, gambling or even over spending. Yes these things “buffer” (helps you feel good in the short moment) but they do not lift you up or move you forward for the future.
Why is Self-Care Important?
I understand you might be thinking you are too busy for this, or you have too many other people to take care of to do this. Stay with me here. If you take time to help yourself, you’ll be able to do more for others too!
Using all of your energy helping others can leave you overwhelmed, stressed and depleted. Taking time and making the effort on yourself rejuvenates and energizes you. This is a win win for everyone.
Self Care is about making some time for your own interests. It can lead to improved self-esteem and a more positive outlook in general. Self-care helps you better cope with stress and what you need to be the best version of yourself. You’ll be better able to take care of others when you also take time to meet your own needs.
Here’s some Self-Care Examples:
There’s no “right way” here. It’s all about finding out what works best for you. You might even need to try a several things before you find what is most enjoyable to you and gives you the most benefits.
Going for a walk. Getting out in nature is great for those who enjoy the outdoors. Maybe you have a treadmill you can go for a gentle walk on or a jog if you like that. It doesn’t HAVE to be exercise, but if you like movement you could also try yoga, running or biking.
Spending time with friends and a community can a great way to feel rejuvenating. Yes yes, I know social distancing is in effect, but this can be done still inside social media groups. Jump on a video chat or pick up for phone.
Having some alone time can also be so beneficial too. Allowing yourself schedule in some alone time when you’re feeling run-down is a big part of caring for yourself. Treating yourself to a favorite, affordable indulgence like a downloaded movie, online class or a new app are all good examples.
Don’t underestimate taking a bath, meditating or reading a book you never had time for. These are just a few of the ways you can easily incorporate self-care into your life.
It’s way more than just spa days and it’s extremely important for your health and well being. Look through the ideas I posted above and pick one to get started. Or you may have something else in mind, but the key is to make the time for yourself to do it.
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