What comes into your mind when you hear the term self-care? What does self-care mean to you? A lot of people have a varying understanding of its meaning. People may tell you self-care is all about taking time out, eating healthy, doing exercises and having a massage. These are all correct.
Self-care is all about looking after your whole self not because you have to do it but you need to. You do this because it feels good doing so and you are concerned about satisfying your needs as well as of others and it is the important thing doing so for yourself. When you have plenty for yourself, you will be able to give to others. You will not be able to enjoy life when you are tired, dehydrated when you lack the necessary nutrients, you get to run down and when you are mentally and physically exhausted. You will also not be there to help those that mean a lot to you.
When you care for yourself, you will be reducing any kind of stress in your own life. You will always be happy, healthier and your body will be more satisfied with improving your life in general. You will also help prevent burnout when you practice self-care and you will show people that you are an extremely very important person. You will be showing that your needs are important just like those of others and this is not selfish or self-indulgent by taking time for yourself. You will all but be giving yourself some respect.
You will be making a very big difference when you eat fast food just because you are hungry and when you prepare your own delicious and nutritious meal. You will only be addressing your hunger when you eat fast foods but when you eat nutritious meals, you will behave addressed the hunger part as well as your entire body and mind. You can also get clean by taking a warm shower or soaking yourself into a warm bath with some salts and essential oils. You will have achieved the goal of getting clean when you opt for any of these but you will have taken care of yourself by taking a bath which will allow you to relax, unwind and get clean instead of taking a quick rinse in the shower.
Some people and most ladies will say that they do not practice self-care because they do not have time for that or they consider it too expensive. It’s true some self-care practices are expensive but there numerous treatments that one can do on their own. These include; manicure, pedicure, yoga, retreats among others.
There are other aspects of self-care such as regular visits to your doctor, dentist, and other optional appointments. If you are having some minor health issues that have been bothering you, you need to make an appointment with a doctor.
Self-care is something most people neglect when they get tired, bored or stressed. You need to incorporate self-care in your daily life and you will notice major improvements.