Each persons definition of “Self Care” can vary, but regardless, it is something that we really can’t live without.
Self Care not only helps us to reduce stress and anxiety but can also promote greater happiness by giving our bodies time to refresh, re-energize and recover during the week. This in turn, enables us to perform at our optimum each and every day.
Given our busy schedules, it can sometimes be easier to convince ourselves that we’re “fine”, that we don’t have time for self-care, or that we’re “superhuman”. Yet, it’s during these times that we often need self-care the most. Despite what some may think, self-care is not an act of being “selfish” or neglecting family or other responsibilities. Nor should you feel guilty about taking some time out for yourself.
Self-care is about looking after yourself and your well-being in the right way so you can perform at your best in all areas of your life. It also helps to ensure that your internal resources aren’t depleted so you have the energy to reach out and help others when in need.“You can’t pour from an empty cup!”
Whether you’re in need of some physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual or social love and nurturing, or even just something that stimulates your senses, there are many different self-care ideas you can try.
Let’s strive for a balance between these types of Self Care;
Humans are extremely sensual beings
It’s amazing how powerful certain smells, sounds, tastes or sights can be, especially when it comes to impacting how we feel emotionally. They can even trigger certain memories which impact how we perceive the world around us. Indulging your senses and pampering yourself from time to time is an important self-care strategy to promote relaxation and reduce your stress and anxiety levels. It can also help you to live in the present, instead of constantly worrying about the future or the past.
Enjoy a peaceful bath with candles, essential oils, calming music and even some epsom salts (which can help to reduce muscle tension). Visit a Sauna or enjoy a relaxing spa session.
Treat yourself with something delicious to satisfy your palate or enjoy a cozy mug of herbal tea – Chamomile tea, Peppermint tea or tea with Lavender.
Turn off the lights in your room, and watch your Himalayan Salt Lamp flicker graciously in the background. Go on a walk in a national or local park and enjoy breathing in some fresh air as you observe all the beautiful nature and animals around you.
Dealing With Emotions
As humans, we naturally experience a large spectrum of emotions. This is why it’s important to take the time to listen to and become aware of what’s going on in your head and what emotions you’re feeling. This is key for general health and well-being. By identifying your triggers and tuning in to your emotions, you will gain great insight into what makes you sad, angry, anxious and happy. It’s never healthy to bottle up your emotions – trust me I know! This used to be my strategy… But, I can tell you now, it’s not healthy and doesn’t work long-term.
Here are some Self Care Ideas to help you healthily cope with your emotions and reduce stress and anxiety levels…
Spread Positive Vibes
Get started with Meditation or Yoga. Learn how to mediate for even just 15 minutes a day. Stretch your body to help relieve built up muscle tension. Become more mindful and learn how to practice mindfulness throughout your day. Adopting a positive mindset and engaging in positive self-talk rather than focusing on the negative can have amazing benefits for your mental health and well-being, and help to overcome limiting beliefs. Try decluttering your house. There’s nothing better than a good cleanse and the smell of cleanliness. It will also help you to feel in greater control of your life.
Just sometimes, It’s okay to say no
It’s Okay to say no to people sometimes. Saying yes to everything requested if you will only result in additional stress or burn out. If your initial response to something isn’t “Hell yeah!”, then say no.
“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”– Eleanor Brown
We need to look after our minds by finding things that you enjoy doing and that are mentally stimulating. This is not your work. I am referring to other hobbies or activities that you like doing outside of your 9-5 working hours. This type of self-care is all about learning new things, developing your skill-set, finding your passions and expanding your knowledge.
Whether it’s eating a healthy and balanced diet or exercising throughout the week, caring for your body in the right ways is important for proper functioning and long-term vitality. Our bodies are like machines and we’re only given ONE! This is why you must fuel it with the right things, so it can perform at its best. To prevent procrastination, find something that you enjoy and that works for your routine. This will ensure that you don’t see it as a burden every time you need to do it.
Nourish your soul by becoming more spiritual, finding inner peace and meaning in life, identifying your true purpose, and developing an awareness of things and people around you. Many assume that being spiritual means you need to be “religious”. But that’s not true. Sure, some may use religion as their spiritual outlet, but there are many other activities you can try if you’re not into that kind of thing.
Develop positive relationships with people who encourage you to be the best version of yourself and cut those who don’t. Toxic people should have absolutely no room in your life. They not only suck your energy but will deliberately try to put you down. These people have to go and YES that does mean gradually distancing yourself which can be hard at times, but totally worth it.
“Taking care of yourself doesn’t mean me first, rather, me too.” – L.R Knost
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