You’ve probably heard about ‘Self-care’ in some respect recently. Articles about improving and practising self-care have been appearing more and more on social media and in magazines, making us question exactly what it is and exactly why we need to be focusing on it so much.
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What Self Care Isn’t
It should be pretty easy to define exactly what ‘Self-care’ is but the message has got confused some where. Many people now believe Self Care is just taking long relaxing baths, treating ourselves to the things we want and ‘loving ourselves’.
While this is all of course true, it’s far to vague and doesn’t give enough direction or explanation. There isn’t a one size fits all explanation to how self-care will fit into your life and improve it.
What Self Care Is
Self-Care is the conscious process of looking after all aspects of ‘The Self’ and creating balance to ensure your ideal state of mind and body. It is keeping physically fit and understand when to look after yourself (NHS). It’s mindfully paying attention to yourself and caring for yourself (Psychology today). It’s taking acton to maintain or improve your own health and protecting tier well0being & happiness (dictionary).
Why Is It Important
In an age where anxiety, stress and mental health issues aren’t being dealt with as effectively as they should be, We need to start taking a more active role in our own Self-care.
Learning and regularly practicing self-care can not only reduce stress levels and create a mental balance, it will help you feel healthier, connect better to those around you and really appreciate those special moments. Ultimately contentment with self is the goal in my opinion.
As with anything, learning to effectively practice self-care takes commitment and effort.
Think of it like an exercise regime.
Yes, if you work out once in a blue moon you’ll feel great, but those endorphins only last for so long. You also don’t see, or feel, the full effects & benefits from a single workout that you would from a regular, consistent routine.
This is exactly the same. Practice it once in the blue moon and it will give you a boost but make it a regular part of your life and it will be transformative.
However before we learn how to effectively practice self-care, it’s necessary to understand the different elements which contribute to it.
The most powerful relationship you will ever have, is the relationship you have with yourself.Diane Von Furstenberg
Seven Areas of Self Care
Self care can be broken down into 7 areas, focusing on different aspects of our life, mentality and wellbeing. If all 7 of these areas are balanced, it follows that stress levels will be lower and we will generally live happier, easier lives.
We have to accept that each of these areas effect the others and therefore our overall happiness & wellbeing. As well as this, we also need to remind ourselves that while we may not be in control of events and factors that surround us, we are in control of how we react to them and thus how we allow them to effect us.
PHYSICAL SELF CARE
Physical Self-care encompasses anything to do with the body, from moving and exercise, sleep & rest to nutrition and even sexual needs. To find balance in this area can be as simple as going for a walk or maintaining a regular exercise regime, or as complex as changing ones diet to ensure less processed food and more nourishment.
Improving this aspect of self-care also has great benefits for mental health and overall wellbeing. However as with any habit it can be hard to start/change.
TOP TIPS& INSPIRATION
EATING A HEALTHY, BALANCED DIET
GET GOOD, QUALITY SLEEP AND TAKE NAPS
TAKE A BREAK
HAVE A MASSAGE OR TREATMENT
Self care Is not selfish.
Take the Naps.
SAM’S SELF CARE LOVES
HERE’S JUST A FEW OF MY FAVOURITE PRODUCTS THAT HELP ME REGULARLY PRACTICE PHYSICAL SELF CARE.