What is Self-Care?
1. the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one's own health.
the practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.
Let’s clear up one common misunderstanding from the start: Self-care is not synonymous with self-indulgence or being selfish.
Self-care means taking care of yourself so that you can be healthy, you can be well, you can do your job, you can help and care for others, and you can do all the things you need to and want to accomplish in a day.
Paula Gill Lopez, PhD, an associate professor and chair of the department of psychological and educational consultation at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut, says the need for self-care is obvious. “We have an epidemic of anxiety and depression,” she says. “Everybody feels it.”
Self-care is part of the answer to how we can all better cope with daily stress, the grind and pace of modern day living. You can use self-care to heal burnout, anxiety and stress.
It’s the stress of trying to keep up with the pace of daily life, which technology has accelerated more than ever, think of the emails we receive, SMS’s, notifications on our phones.
Self-Care Emporium, SCE, is a safe place, a calm, peaceful online space where you can get tips, ideas to help you unwind, destress, breathe easier, stay fit and active, feel good in your skin, and fill your cup.
Why is Self-Care Important?
Self-care is anything you do to take care of yourself so you can stay physically, mentally, and emotionally well. Its benefits are better physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being.
Research suggests self-care promotes positive health outcomes, such as fostering resilience, living longer, and becoming better equipped to manage stress.
Self-care encourages you to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself so that you can transmit the good feelings to others.
While some may misinterpret self-care as selfish, it's far from that. When you pay adequate attention to your well-being, you're not considering your needs alone.
You're reinvigorating yourself so that you can be the best version of yourself for the people around you. Everyone around you, friend, family, work colleagues also benefits from the renewed energy and joy you exhibit.
Self Care Tips - Little Ways to Make a Big ChangeHow we care for ourselves gives our brain little messages that shape our self-worth so we must care for ourselves in every way, every day :) Sam Owen
Don't let guilt run the show. Too easy to feel guilty about self-care. This is why for most of us it gets pushed down the end of the priority pile. Self-care is hard and it requires you to be disciplined. Respect yourself, then you'll take care of yourself, you'll feel good about you.
Be honest - with yourself. 'Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise'. Sigmund Freud.
Take Care of You
Be Kind to Yourself - Always
Be Happy on Your Own
Pay Attention to your Physical Health
Research has shown that regular exercise increases the level of serotonin in our body significantly improving mood and energy. When exercising for self-care, you should choose an activity you love.
Get enough sleep.
Too many people are sleep deprived, and it takes a toll on our physical and mental health. We seem to have made the maxim ‘hard work pays' too seriously.
We now spend so much time working and very little time sleeping. Sleep scientists recommend that adults need at least 6-8 hours of sleep every night. Your body needs time to rest and renew.
Daytime naps are also perfect for refreshing our body and improving concentration levels.
Snuggling up under a blanket in the afternoon is a great way to rejuvenate.
Your diet is a major part of self-care, healthy, nutritious foods are one of nature's best gifts to us. Make a habit out of consuming good foods that build your body.
Identify the things that matter to you
This may seem easy, but it can be challenging to practice. You need to ask yourself the tough questions to identify the things that matter to you the most.
How do you want to make a difference in the world?
Is the pursuit of material wealth worth the strained relationships that are left on the path?
Your answers to these questions should determine your approach to living.
Spend more time with those you would love to be with, and deliberately live your life the way you want to be remembered. Keeping an eye on your priorities will help you make decisions about how you spend your time.
Change Your Mindset / Gratitude
Too often, we focus on the negatives while showing little appreciation for the beauty that's all around us. It's what happens when you have a bad breakup, and all you can remember is how badly the person hurt you.
We tend to forget all the amazing things that the relationship brought us. Cherish the good memories and hold them dear even if the unpleasant ones attempt to consume you.
Show gratitude and appreciation for the little gifts in life. Take take time to be still and meditate more. If you can adopt a gratitude mindset, you are on your way to achieving the highest level of self-care.
A gratitude journal is an awesome way to start doing this.
Learn to Say No
Too many times, you say yes to every request in order to not hurt the feelings of another party. When you do this at the expense of your own peace or health, you are going against the principles of self-care.
It's good to realise you're only human and you can't possibly make everyone happy. Saying yes to everything puts on the track to burnout, and it's bad for your physical and emotional health.
Self-Care is personal, and no general principle will always work. What motivates you and inspires you is different than the person next door.
Live Your Best Life
Look for the things that make you feel alive. Make dates with yourself and when you commit to working out, getting outdoors or doing something for yourself, keep the commitment you make to yourself.
We don't back out on our friends, don't back out on yourself. By being healthy about self-care, you will feel be better equipped to help others.
Go live your best life.
Be a Self-Care Goddess now!
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