Self-Care for the Busy Person
Looking after one’s elves is something that is often disregarded by many. It’s easy to go about our day thinking that our bodies will just look after themselves and that we don’t really need to put too much effort into self-care. However, caring for ourselves properly and intentionally is key to ensuring we are physically, emotionally, and mentally well. Let’s take a closer look at self-care and why it’s so important for our well-being.
What is self-care?
We look after ourselves every day by eating food, drinking, going to sleep, and taking a shower. However, self-care is something different from simply just doing the necessary things to stay alive and well. Self-care is the intentional act of purposely caring for yourself to improve your physical and emotional self. It could involve setting time aside to hang out with friends, or taking some time off work to spend a couple of days relaxing at a spa. Self care can be smaller things too, such as allowing yourself to go to bed earlier or making healthier food and drink choices.
Why is self-care so important?
Caring for yourself is important in many ways. Not only are there many benefits to self-care, but there are also things that you won’t be able to do until you’re able to properly care for yourself.
For example, helping other people is a challenge if you’re not already looking after yourself. To effectively help your friends and family who may be struggling with their own personal lives and health, you should ensure that you’re looking after yourself first. This also means putting yourself first, such as getting enough sleep rather than staying up to help other people.
In terms of benefits to yourself, self-care is important in various ways. Not only will you notice that your immune system has been boosted and works better, but you’ll feel more energetic within yourself. It’s also a great way to become aware of yourself and what does or doesn’t work for you.
How can I start self-care?
Depending on how you feel at the moment, you can experiment with different levels of self-care. Make a list of the things you believe your body needs, and create a long list of your priorities. This could include eating better foods, taking more supplements, making more time for yourself or getting some extra sleep.