Self care this, self care that…urghhh, what’s the big thing about self care??? It feels as though everywhere I turn these days I’m seeing another post about it!
Well let’s start first by defining what self care actually looks like to you, because it’s not the same for us all! Self care is actually quite a personal thing, and what tickles my fancy may not float your boat! But one thing we can be clear on is that self care involves taking better care of yourself, which is essential for mental and physical purposes. It can really make a positive impact on your life, from helping you to become closer to friends and family, to relieving your stress.
Here are some of the top benefits of self care:
It Helps to Relieve Stress
If you are like most people, you probably deal with a lot of stress. This can be stress from your job, financial situation, relationships, or other personal reasons. Self care is important for stress relief because it provides activities that help distract you, improve your mood, and help you take better care of yourself. Keep in mind that self care can be anything from taking a bath to going for a walk, reading a book to watching a film, so there are tons of options available.
You Can Improve Your Mental Health
In addition to relieving your stress, self care can also help in other aspects of your mental health. Perhaps like me you have anxiety or depression, and are trying to relax while also figuring out your triggers (total pain in the ass I know, and sometimes I admit, even trying to figure out triggers ends up triggering me). Well, things like writing in a journal and walking help you accomplish both. You are able to focus more on your mental health during these activities, so you are practicing self care while actually improving your mental health at the same time.
It Raises Your Self Esteem
Did you know by taking better care of yourself you can actually help boost your self esteem? Lack of proper self care often causes you to feel bad about yourself, such as not taking that monthly trip to the hairdressers, not going for that mani pedi in a while, or not exercising. These types of activities make you feel healthy, fit, and beautiful, which goes a long way with self care. With higher self esteem, you raise your confidence, and that can help boost your mood and help with your stress levels.
You Deserve Some Quality Time
Don’t underestimate the power of having quality time to yourself. There are so many ways to do this, whether you allow yourself some time to meditate in the morning, get up early to have your cup of coffee alone, or have dance parties in the living room with your family. This quality time gives you a short break from your daily life, and can be so wonderful for your self care.
Try to give yourself at least a few minutes a day for self care. It will help your stress and other areas of mental health.