Self Care Matters

May 30, 2019 | Body and Mind | 0 comments

Why Self-Care Matters

& Super Simple Ways to Treat Yourself

 

You’ve probably heard the term “self-care” used a lot lately. It’s become a popular buzzword in the media and in personal development circles. However, you still may be unclear on what it means.

What does self-care mean and how can it be used?

While the concept does involve taking care of yourself, it actually goes much deeper. Read on to learn what self-care is, why it matters and how to get started doing it.

 

About Self-Care

Self-care covers a lot of areas with regard to caring for yourself. It involves nurturing your body, mind, and spirit. It focuses on building yourself up so that your internal resources don’t become depleted. Essentially, self-care is being as good to yourself as you would be to someone you care about. It requires you to show yourself some compassion and encourages you to be vulnerable with others, asking for help when you need it. What doesn’t fall under the umbrella of self-care are self-destructive coping mechanisms such as using drugs, drinking, gambling or retail therapy. These things only make you feel good in the short-term.

 

What are the Benefits of Self-Care

There are lots of benefits to practicing self-care. Embracing this concept can be difficult for those who’ve always placed emphasis on the welfare of others. However, giving all your energy to those around you without filling your own back up leaves you depleted and empty. That’s no way to live. Instead, spending time and effort on yourself rejuvenates and energizes you. Taking time to indulge in your own interests demonstrates your worth, leading to improved self-esteem and a more positive outlook on the world. It teaches you a lot about yourself and provides you with insight into what you need to be the best version of yourself. Self-care helps you better cope with stress and to prioritize what’s important to you. You’ll be better able to take care of others when you also take time to meet your own needs.

 

Examples of Self-Care

There are countless ways to add self-care into your routine. The key is to choose activities that are most enjoyable to you and provide you with the most benefits. Going for a walk in nature is great for those who enjoy the outdoors. Other forms of exercise like yoga, running or going to the gym work well, too. Spending time with friends can be rejuvenating, but so can saying no. Allowing yourself to decline invitations or favors when you’re feeling run-down is a big part of caring for yourself. Treating yourself to a favorite, affordable indulgence like a movie, manicure or ice cream cone are all good examples. As is taking a bath or meditating. These are just a few of the ways you can easily incorporate self-care into your life.

Now you learned about self-care, why it is important and how you can benefit from self-care routine.  You’ve also got some ideas of how to get started, so you’re well on your way to adding this useful practice to your life.

I, sometimes don’t take the time for self-care, because there is always something else on the plate, that is why it is important to learn to say “No”. I have to remind myself of that practice quite frequently, believe me.  Most people, have trouble to do this, but it can be learned, I still get trapped sometimes in situations, and then somehow, I am committed to something I did not really want to do.

Start to practice in small steps to say “No” when you really don’t feel like it, and rather use the time you just gained to practice self-care. Let’s start to treat ourselves with whatever best suits us.

 

For me today, it is ice cream with fresh delicious strawberries.

 

 

 Photo by Valeria Boltneva from Pexels

 

Be happy, practice self-care and stay positive.

 

Petra Jackson

Petra Jackson

Life Coach & Mentor

Thanks for following my journey through improving life by discovering inspiring tips to de-stress, have a relaxing day, make good nutrition choices and just enjoy life!  My goal is to share a little bit of what I find beneficial, interesting or just plain cute and fun!

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