WHY IS SELF-CARE SO IMPORTANT??
We’re constantly hearing how important it is to practice self-care but is it really important and who exactly needs to practice it??
I used to think it was for other people, people who weren’t so busy, people ‘who have the time’! The truth is that self-care is not selfish or indulgent, it is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY TO GAIN THE ENERGY YOU NEED TO FACE THE DEMANDS AND THE FAST PACE OF LIFE!!
The busier you are, the more you need to take that time out to rest and recharge!
Taking that time to unwind means you will be more focused, productive and present when you’re on the clock. Taking some time will set you up to be the best you can be for your family, work and friends etc…
It’s something I have to constantly work on and if I let it slip (which sometimes I do!!) I become more irritable, less focused, have less energy which affects both my life and my work.
FORMS OF SELF-CARE
There are many different forms of self-care. Some of my favourites are journaling – this is a great way of dumping out your thoughts and worries before bedtime to clear your mind and relax before sleep. I also love meditation and my absolute favourite is to go walking on the beach or in the forest.
At times, I find myself saying that I’m too busy but realistically I can always fit in 10-15 mins so there is no excuse and quite often it ends up being more anyway!
Walking helps me to declutter my mind which lifts my moods and leads to me being more productive, motivated and focused afterwards so it’s a win win!
HOW CAN YOU PRACTICE SELF-CARE?
It’s important to remember though that what works for you may be different. Whether this means meditating, going to the gym, reading a book, taking a bath or spending time with family…
Whatever works to reduce stress for you is really important to build into your daily self-care practice.
Remember we CAN manage this, it’s just about putting practices in place and developing new daily healthy habits!
What one daily healthy habit could you implement that would make the biggest difference in your life right now?