Self-care is a combination of conscious actions that promote wellness by addressing your own needs.
These needs include:
☝️ Maintaining your physical health.
Exercising, stretching, eating well, getting enough sleep, wellness visits with doctors and seeking medical treatment when needed…caring for your physical body.
☝️ Maintaining your mental health.
Finding ways to de-stress, meditation, self assessment and reflection, seeking advice and counsel if needed.
☝️ Meeting your social and emotional needs.
Enjoying time with loved ones, participating in activities that bring you happiness, building relationships that bring joy and contentment.
Self-care is basically your relationship with yourself – and prioritising that relationship allows you to live a fuller, happier life while also promoting wellness in your relationships with others.
Just like you are supposed to put your oxygen mask on first when a plane is going down, you have to care for yourself in order to be able to care for others.
When you neglect these areas of self care – facing stress and challenges can be even harder to manage. And life can be stressful!
Self-care is a strategy that helps you to deal with stress proactively. Some stress is good, it allows us to learn, grow, and get stronger. But too much stress is not good.
Having a strong foundation of self-care allows you to feel and manage the temporary stress that helps you to grow while caring for your whole self – physical, mental, and emotional.
What’s your favourite hobby or activity that brings happiness to your life? Mine is dancing and singing. Comment below!