Self-care shouldn’t be seen as a “nice to have” or an indulgence. It is a priority.
With one thing after the other taking over the top spot on our to-do list, it is easy to brush aside making time for ourselves.
With bills to pay, children to look after, and a million and one other things, you may laugh at the thought of scheduling in yet another “to-do”.
Though taking time for yourself shouldn’t be put on the back burner. In fact, it should be made a priority each and every day.
Why Is Self-Care So Important?
When we devote time to self-care, we are devoting time to our physical, mental, and emotional health. We would say those are all very important things!
Self-care is one of the many aspects of maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself. Think of self-care as nourishment. Every superwoman needs fuel to help fight day to day battles.
Practicing self-care can prevent burnout, reduce the negative effects of stress, help you focus, and restore balance.
When you feel stronger and balanced, you can be a better wife, mother, colleague, sister, daughter, etc.
So How Can You Better Look After Yourself?
There isn’t a one size fits all approach to self-care. The beauty of self-care is that it is completely based on what makes you feel good. Whether that’s going for a walk in the park or spending a few minutes meditating.
If you need some inspiration, here are a few of our favorite ways to practice self-care:
Studies have shown that even 10 minutes of moderate exercise can make a difference in your mental and physical health .
Have a nice long bath –
A bath is a perfect way to shut out the world, soothe sore muscles, and take a moment to breathe. For a relaxation boost, add essential oils such as lemon balm or chamomile.
Meditating can reduce stress and anxiety and help you clear your mind.
Call a friend –
It can be therapeutic to talk to someone about a problem you may have or even just to talk about your day.
Spend some time outside –
Fresh air, sunlight, and being in nature have all proven to drastically help your mental and physical health.
Taking just five minutes to do a few simple stretches can help calm your mind and release built-up tension.
Cook a delicious and nutritious meal –
This is all about taking care of yourselves from the inside out. Cooking itself can be relaxing and if you are making a delicious and nutritious meal, it’s a win-win.
Have a mini spa break –
Whether it’s taking 15 minutes to put on a face mask to restore your skin or adding shine to your hair with a deep conditioning treatment, a mini spa break is the perfect self-care moment.
They say laughter is the best medicine. Watch a funny show or have a nice chat with a friend.
Go for a walk –
This simple activity can help you clear your mind and improve your mood.