If there is one thing that I am super passionate about, it’s self-care. I strongly believe that taking care of yourself is essential and it is not selfish at all to put your needs first. Sometimes life just get’s too busy and difficult that we forget to take care of ourselves. We may forget to eat meals regularly throughout the day, not get enough sleep, maybe even forget to take certain medications. These are all things that can be dangerous to our health and wellness. But, if we take a little bit of time to think of ways that can combat falling into the bad habit of not taking care of ourselves, we could see a big difference in our lives.
I would define self-care as a physical, mental or emotional act of taking care of yourself. Sometimes you just need to take a little break from the world and focus on you! I want to know how you classify self-care. If you talk to anyone and ask for their examples, you will most likely get the same response: read a book, write your feelings down, exercise, listen to music, take a bath, etc. These are all amazing outlets to express how you feel, while also checking in with yourself when life get’s a little too overwhelming. I used to be huge on journaling every single day. I lost it for a little bit but I think now I’ve found my way back to writing because it works for me. However, I’ve recently discovered some new techniques that can help when you need a breather. Some being to organize your life; so clean your room, go through old clothes, even de-cluttering your computer or social media accounts can relieve stress that you didn’t even know you had. Personally, after I clean anything up, I feel better right away. There’s something about living and working in a neat environment that makes me feel at ease. Some of the other tips I’ve heard of are to bake, treat yourself, or depending on how much time you have, visit a kennel or pet store and pet some animals (as long as you don’t get too attached). Researchers have found that cuddling with a pet has real mental health benefits. Low serotonin levels are typically linked to depression and anxiety, so by petting an animal, it prompts your body to release serotonin and dopamine, also known as the “happiness hormones”. So next time you’re feeling stressed or like you need a break, go pet an animal!!
I could go on forever talking about self-care because it is such an important concept to take care of ourselves! If we can’t keep ourselves healthy and happy, then how are we expected to be a support to others? I will say it again because people tend to underestimate the power of self-care. Putting ourselves first is not selfish!! I also think as human beings, we don’t give ourselves enough credit. We need to recognize our achievements – no matter how small! By keeping ourselves as healthy as possible – mentally, physically and emotionally, we avoid the risk of burnout. This is why we can’t push ourselves to do things if we know we won’t be able to handle it. So, be honest with yourself and with others when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Take some time to regroup and understand how important your health really is.