Yesterday, I was doing some self-reflection, and yes, this is something new I’m doing to help me understand myself more, and I started to ask myself these questions;
- Am I, really, as happy as I think I am?
- Am I taking care of myself to the best of my ability?
- What makes me happy?
These questions led me to think about self-care and the people that I am surrounded by daily. So, I decided to write this blog on self-care because we work long hours and don’t have time for such a thing. This topic is very important to me because I am usually a happy person and I try to be positive most of the time. I make it a priority and a habit of telling myself that I am happy and I believe it majority of the time.
WHAT IS SELF-CARE:
Self-Care is when you are able to identify your own needs and take proper care of yourself. Its important to find time to do the things you love by being purposeful in your doing.
WHY SELF-CARE IS IMPORTANT:
We tend to neglect ourselves because we don’t want our loved ones to think that we are being selfish or inconsiderate. However, self-care is important for your physical health as well as your mind, and soul (emotional health). If we are not taking care of ourselves to the best of our abilities, how can we expect to have a healthy relationship with others?
The best relationship we can have is the relationship we have with “self.” Everything else is a reflection of that relationship.
It is also important to know that self-care can be part of a healing process and is unique for everyone.
Physical self-care is an area that people often overlook.
Food is a type of self-care and most of us are usually too busy that we don’t have time to eat regularly. It’s not always reasonable to expect people to eat 3 square meals a day, but everyone should make sure they get adequate nutrition.
Exercise is one of the most overlook types of self-care. It is recommended to exercise 30 minutes a day for 5 times a week. Exercise, even if it is just a quick walk, this can help combat feelings of sadness or depression and even prevent chronic health problems.
Sleep is probably the type of self-care that we don’t have control over because of our different needs and busy schedules, but it is recommended that we should get between 7-10 hours of sleep per night.
Medical care is a form of physical self-care; you should get medical attention when you need it as soon as possible.
Emotional self-care will mean different things for different people.
Counseling: this could mean seeing a psychologist, a clinical social worker or therapist.
Keeping a journal: Some people find that recording their thoughts and feelings in a journal or diary helps them to manage their emotional situation.
Meditation or relaxation exercises: This may be different for everyone but it’s very important for you to find what works well for you and find time to do it.
FINDING TIME FOR SELF CARE:
Finding time for fun and leisure activities is the most beneficial type of self-care, many of us are so busy we forget to find time to do the activities that you enjoy. Be aware of things you may be doing that takes up your time and add little or no value to you, such as too much time on the internet, watching TV, even sleeping. These can all be relaxing, enjoyable activities in moderation but can become a way of retreating and isolating yourself.
One way of motivating yourself is to get involved in a sport or hobby that you love! Find people who are doing the same thing! Knowing that others are depending on you could be a way to ‘show up’. You will be held accountable!
Make date night and stick to it.
Turn off cell phones within reason.
Treat leisure appointments as seriously as business appointments. If you have plans to do something for fun, mark it on your calendar.
We know self-care makes us more effective and energetic. You deplete your confidence and self-esteem when you avoid things that make you feel physically and mentally well… Self-care is important to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself, sometimes called self-love. It produces feelings, which improves confidence and self-esteem; it brings you into awareness of self and better relationships with those whom you encounter.
Self-care + Self-love+ Self-awareness= A BETTER YOU
Please share with me and others different ways you have make sure that self-care as become apart of your routine….