The holidays are around the corner so I thought this would be a good time to talk about the importance of self-care.
You’ve heard the saying you can’t give from an empty cup? Self-care is the act of filling your cup by taking care of yourself. It’s putting yourself back on the list and doing what you need to feel your personal best. This includes mentally, physically, and emotionally.
Each person has their own way to give themselves self-care. This can be anything from quitting a job that’s exhausting, to getting your hair done, or making time to roll out your mat and twist and rinse that which does not serve you.
Taking care of yourself should not be overlooked or regarded as selfish. Many benefits result from a self-care routine. If you are not taking care of yourself eventually, it can lead to overwhelming stress, lack of confidence, less productivity at work and even cause deteriorating relationships with family and friends.
Ask yourself these questions to gain some clarity.
- What are the things I need to do to feel complete?
- What activities help me relieve stress?
- Is there anything I can eliminate from my daily schedule that is preventing me from taking care of myself?
- Am I happy with my exercise routine and am I eating healthy?
The way you answer these questions determines your self-care needs. Once you have defined your needs, all you need to do now is to add it to your schedule and do them to reap the benefits.
Self-care is exceptionally beneficial for optimal health. Let’s look at a few of the fantastic benefits you’ll experience over time.
- Increased Positivity – Adding these activities to your schedule will give you something to look forward to. Now you will no longer be thinking about how bad your day is and only be looking forward to reading that book in total silence or getting your nails done after work.
- Increased Self-Confidence – Your needs are now a top priority, and that is a good thing. Self-confidence will naturally grow because you are doing the things that make you feel good.
- Improved Immunity – Self-care allows you to give your body a break from stress, anxiety and emotional trauma which increases your immunity. Stress and depression can overload your mind and body which is crucial to reduce as much as possible.
- Better Relationships – The more you meet your needs, the better your relationships will be with other people. When you are feeling down about yourself and don’t feel important, chances are that’s what you are putting onto others.
- Higher Productivity – All the benefits above help with increased productivity at work and home. Less stress, higher immunity, and greater self-confidence all help to boost productivity.
Remember, self-care is all about you as an individual. So, what you need to do to take care of yourself won’t be the same as your spouse, friends, and family. After this routine is in place, you will notice a significant change in your health and overall well-being.