We hear a lot about self-care, but how often do you actually practice it? Our lives are busy, we get it, but that's why you should try to schedule some self-care in at least once a week.
Although it may seem silly or even inconvenient to schedule self-care, the mental and physical benefits are incredible.
Why is self-care important?
Try to remember self-care is not a once-off gesture. It is a continuous commitment to yourself that at least once a week you will prioritise yourself and keep topping up that self-care ‘bank’, never letting it fall empty.
With such busy lives, it is incredibly important to stay in tune with your mind and body. Listening to both will ensure you stay on top of what your body needs.
How self-care helps your life:
Promotes work/life balance
Although hard work is essential at times, it can be detrimental if constant. Overworking can actually leave you feeling drained and less productive. But taking breaks and switching off when you know your body and mind needs it can actually help you to feel more motivated, less stressed and in better health.
Increases your self-esteem
Promoting self-care helps you to also promote your self-worth. Showing yourself the compassion and attention you show friends and family will teach you to love yourself and to prioritise your needs first. It will teach you to know your worth and to do what is best for you.
Reduces stress levels
Stress is one of the main contributors to poor health. It can cause serious damage to our minds and bodies. Practising self-care lowers stress levels and releases stress toxins from the body.
Ways to practice self-care
Self-care doesn’t have to be an expensive facial or a gym membership it could be anything:
- Taking a bath with candles
- Doing a DIY facial at home
- Reading a book with a coffee
- Doing some light exercise
- Waking up a little earlier and having a coffee while watching the sunrise
- Putting on some cheesy music and dancing