Life is stressful. It’s demanding. Exciting. Sometimes just difficult. There’s school to attend, work to go to, children to take care of, family members that need this or need that. It’s well nigh impossible to just take a step back and breathe! Who has time for that?! We have been taught that hard work pays, so of course that’s what we are going to do to get some results. But a time comes when your body gets a mind of its own and decides, “Nope, I can’t do this today. Hell nah!” This is why self care is important. It’s important so you don’t have to reach a point where you can do no more. But what really is self care?
So What is This Self Care?
In a nutshell, self care is anything you do that is good for you, mentally, physically, socially, psychologically, emotionally or spiritually. And it is crucial to note that not everything that makes you feel good is actually good for you. Case study: alcohol. You’ll probably like it but it is not got for your body. Bummer.
Here are Some of The Things You Might Think Sound Like Self Care (Spoiler Alert: They Aren’t)
For starters, a lot of people may think that self care solely involves taking whole days off to pamper themselves. If this works for you, no problem,however, not everyone has the time or money to do so. Self care is actually in the little things, like taking fruits for breakfast instead of coffee, or walking to the supermarket instead of taking the car. It’s actually quite easy.
If you think that self care is optional, think again. It’s not. At some point, you are gonna have to stop and take a break and your body will thank you for it. And if you ever start thinking that taking some time for yourself involves making a choice between you and others, don’t be so hard on yourself. It is not selfish to want to replenish. In fact, that is the opposite of what happens, when we practice self care, we tend to be more generous, so you do not have to worry about that.
Finally, never think that you have to earn the right to practice self care. Think of self care as soul food. You’ll never have to wonder if you really need it. It’ll just come to you.
Why Practice Self Care?
Sometimes we work too hard. Maybe we’re working on a project, or school work, or we have proposals that need to be accepted. It is so easy to just burnout if we are not so careful. Self care prevents this and replenishes our brains for that tasks we need to get done. Consequently, our productivity is improved. Makes sense right?
What better way to improve your self esteem than practising self care? Spending time doing what’s good for your body, listening to it, learning what it needs and doing what you want without any reluctance will work wonders in increasing your knowledge of self and boosting your self esteem. Whenever we feel like we are inadequate, have failed or are suffering, it is important to introspect and pay attention to positive aspects of ourselves so that we can change our mindset and love ourselves even more.
And if you’re feeling down and you want to make the sadness go away, just know that simple acts of self care go a long way in increasing your happiness and your general well-being. Everything you do to relax yourself allows you to be happy, since their is no room for stress.
If I’m being honest, I think the top reason why I vouch for self care is that it actually improves your relationships with others. It is not selfish to want to take time to take care of yourself. You will realize that when you are happy and content with yourself, you do have more to offer your friends, family and even complete strangers.
So let’s be kind to ourselves. After all, our body needs it.