Self-care is the actions we take to take care of our self. It concludes taking care of our body, mind, soul, social life, etc. In short, it is taking care of ourselves as human beings while focusing on every aspect of our life.
Self-care is one of the first and important steps to being a healthy human being. When we were born, we were dependent babies, and our parents took care of us, so we can’t really talk about self-care.
But at a certain point, it is up to us to be our primary caregivers. We need to make choices that are beneficial to our health.
We often focus so much on what people expect from us or what society expects from us, that we forget to focus on what we need and what makes us a better person. We often forget that we need to take care of ourselves to function and help others.
And I don’t mean that selfishly. But let’s be honest, if you don’t take care of yourself, you fall apart or get sick, what help are you to anyone?
At the end of this blog, you’ll find a free self-care list and planner. Now let’s continue.
Let’s look deeper into what self-care is:
Self-care is taking time out for yourself. After a long and hard day, take some time to just focus on yourself and do something you enjoy or just simply lie down and rest.
Self-care is making sure you are okay and that you’re healthy. Take a moment and try to focus on your feelings and your thoughts.
Ask yourself, if you are happy, if you are, what makes you happy. If not, what can you do to change that? But also on your physical health, have you been eating right, have you exercised, have you rested enough?
Self-care is when you don’t skip your doctor’s appointment because of your workload. Self-care is canceling some plans because you are tired and need time to rest.
Self-care is taking time to work on your social life and catch up with people you enjoy being around not because you’re forced but because you want to.
Now let’s talk about what self-care is not:
Self-care is not an act of selfishness. It is not that you think that you are more important than others, but just that you know you are as important as them.
Self-care is not, not caring about others their needs, but it is knowing that if you don’t take care of yourself you can’t help others in their need.
Self-care is not only focusing on you, but it is also focusing on you.
Self-care is not doing what others expect to make you happy. A lot of people try to push their idea of happiness on others and try to force you to do certain things to ‘make you happy’, But very often, someone else’s self-care routine is totally different than yours. You need to find out what works for you.
Self-care is also being honest with yourself if you need to change something about yourself. And I don’t mean changing yourself for others or just trying to be something your not. But I mean to change something in your character that is wrong and unhealthy.
Self-care is also not holding grudges, but communicating about the things that bothered us and also apologizing where we have done something wrong.
Why should you take the time to practice self-care?
Self-care helps with stress relief
It can help you handle stress. By practicing self-care you are giving yourself space and time to relax and to enjoy things. The more relaxed you are, the better you can handle stressful situations. If you’re constantly unhappy and tired, the smallest amount of pressure can push you over the edge.
It helps you to get to know yourself better
Practicing self-care can help you get to know yourself. It can help you find out what you like or dislike, get to know your strengths and weaknesses. The more you know yourself, the more you can be confident in who you are and what you can do. This can help you improve your self-esteem.
You can help others more if you take care of yourself first
You can help others better. A lot of us like to be there for others, especially the ones we love. But if we don’t take care of our self we can’t help others. The more you give yourself time to relax, recharge, the more you can help others.
You can live a more productive life
It can help us function better. Have you ever skipped a doctor’s appointment because of the workload at your job? Well, you see by skipping that simple step towards self-care, you go to work, sick or just extremely tired and you work slower or less efficiently. If you go to the doctor and rest a day or two, you can regain your balance, your strength, and health, and function much better the days after.
Self-care improves your mental health
Self-care can help to improve our mental health. In this busy life, we have so much to do, school, work, family friends, etc. These things and people are necessary, but constantly being busy and focusing on everything else except us can be draining. Feeling drained can harm our mental health and we need to recharge our minds and our bodies. By doing something we enjoy that can help us regain our energy.
It also improves your physical health
By taking care of our bodies like eating the right food, taking vitamins, exercising, and resting, we can help to improve our physical health. Sometimes we get sick just because we’re tired or stressed. Taking the time to take care of our bodies can help us regain the strength we need to fight threats to our bodies.
You can improve your confidence
By taking care of ourselves and doing the things that are good for us, we learn that we are worthy of care and we deserve to be prioritized. The more self-worth you have, the more you will take care of yourself. At the same time the more we take care of ourselves, the more we learn how much we are worth. Knowing your worth can help you to feel more confident about yourself and your capabilities.
So let’s make time in our busy days to take care of ourselves for a change. A better world does start with every one of us.
A healthy life is a happy life.
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