As busy women juggling between work, home and children most of us forget to take time out for ourselves. Looking after ourselves and taking time out to do things for ourselves is often last of our priority list.
We push ourselves for days, weeks or even months on end without taking the time to do anything for ourselves which eventually can lead to burnout.
If you don’t take care of yourself you will not be able to look after others as well as you want to. That is why Self-Care is just as important as eating healthy and exercising regularly.
“An empty lantern provides no light. Self-care is the fuel that
allows your light to shine brightly.”
Self-care can include engaging in activities like exercising, dancing, yoga, dancing, yoga, reading, mindfulness, relaxation techniques, taking a warm bath, going to the spa etc.
Here are some reasons why self-care is so important:
Self-care supports you with your Well being
It helps and enhances your performance
Makes you feel more active and lifts you.
Self-Care helps you maintain your self-confidence and self-esteem
It boosts your inner strength.
It encompasses the way you think about yourself, the way you talk to yourself
It makes you aware of what beliefs you have about yourself and what you are capable of i.e. the ideas we have about our worth
Self-care makes you more aware of your personal needs
It makes you feel relaxed
It makes you more mindful of your emotions
Self-Care helps release tension from our bodies.
Self-care is fundamental to the mind-body connection.
Self-care activity might also change from day to day depending on your needs. Here are some ways you could practice self-care:
Go on a walk or hike to connect with nature
Relax in a hammock and watching the sky change
Do a yoga class or meditation
Release stress with a workout
Take a bath
Try a new creative outlet, such as painting
Read a book in a quiet place
Listen to music
Cook a new recipe
Write in a journal
Self-Care allows us to maintain a balance in your life. In other words, always being on the go and not taking time to do things that help make you relax will ultimately slow you down.
A study found that people who practiced self-care reported less stress and a higher quality of life.
“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” — Maya Angelou
“Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and you are worth the effort. ” – Deborah Day
“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. ” – Oscar Wilde
Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist