Disclaimer: I am not a professional mental health expert. These few months have been hectic, and this post is a reflection of that. Big changes are coming in my life and I have to prioritise certain things to cope. Unfortunately, blogging wasn’t one of that. That does not mean that I am over it. I love blogging and have no intention of stopping in the foreseeable future. I hope to come back soon. Till then, my erratic posts will have to do.
People have different views on the importance of self-care. Some regard it as an excuse for laziness, while others think that one should look after themselves because it helps improve their overall health. In fact, many people think that self-care is the root of all evil in this world. So, what is the real significance of self-care? How can it help us to achieve our goals and make us feel good about ourselves?
What is self-care?
Self-care is a way of dealing with various problems related to personal well-being. It can include everything from helping with the adjustment to a new home to taking better care of one’s physical health. However, most people focus on self-help issues when it comes to improving their mental health.
What are some misconceptions about self-care?
Self-care does not only mean having a good attitude. It also involves taking some small steps in order to make a positive difference in your life. For example, if you are a person who is constantly stressed out, and you are trying to manage this through stress management techniques, this is not self-care. You might be reducing stress, but you are not reducing the effects it has on your physical and emotional health. You have to do more than just discipline yourself. You have to get actively involved in the resolution of any conflict or other issue that is a contributing factor to your stress.
When you want to take care of yourself and achieve good mental health, you need to make an effort to look after yourself. You have to put yourself first and take care of your own needs. You have to understand that there are certain actions that you need to take in order to take care of you. There are certain things that you need to avoid doing at all costs. If you avoid these things, then you will find it very difficult to take care of yourself.
⌛ Take time for yourself
Reduce stress by taking some time for yourself. You have to learn how to relax, as well as learn how to appreciate the little things in life. Your body, mind and soul will thank you for taking time out to practice self-care. A physically active and healthy individual is less likely to experience stress, and will be able to better manage life’s situations. Likewise, an individual who is physically fit will also be happier, as well as live longer.
🍃 Practise self-indulgence
You can also manage stress and improve your emotional health by practising self-indulgence. Self-indulgence refers to taking time out from your busy schedule for yourself. Practising self-indulgence will allow you to relax and get some peace, which will in turn allow you to take care of yourself and your emotions. In fact, the best thing about indulging yourself in this way is that you will not feel guilty about it, and you will be very motivated to take care of yourself and improve your emotional health.
❤️ Interact with your loved ones
The last action that you can take in order to manage and improve your emotional well-being is to be present with your loved one. When a person is present with another person, they are given the opportunity to listen to them, to comment on their feelings, as well as to offer support. If you are not present with your loved one while they are taking care of themselves, they will be much more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviour. This is why it is so important for you to take care of yourself, and to practice self-care on a daily basis. After all, it is never too early or too late to start!