We hear the words self care over and over again but what does it really mean and does it really need to be that complicated?
I bet you have heard many suggestions for self care ideas and “how” or what you “should” do! However, self care doesn’t need to be complicated, it doesn’t need to take a long time or cost of fortune!
So how is self care defined?
Ok, so it’s something that you deliberately do to look after you; mentally, physically and emotionally!
We all know how chaotic and challenging life can be at times and it’s important to do things that make us feel good, that help us to slow down and bring joy and happiness into our lives!
Often we overlook it because we come up with thousands of excuses; “I don’t have time”, “how can I fit it in?”, “work is mega busy”, “the kids, wife, husband, dog, auntie, uncle, grandma, grandad need…” But ensuring you have some time for you, doing something that makes you happy, helps you to relax is paramount to your mental health and well-being! It doesn’t need to be everyday, it doesn’t need to break the bank, just something that builds you up, recharges your batteries and helps you to feel more you!
It’s about knowing what we need to take care of ourselves and then in turn, be able to help and take care of others. If we are exhausted, in a bad mood, feeling down we can’t help anyone else, we need to support and help ourselves first!
So how do you implement self care into your life:
- Don’t put pressure on yourself to “fit it in” – schedule it as and where you can that doesn’t bring you more stress, you want to reduce your stress and increase your happiness!
- It can be simple: go to bed earlier, have a good bedtime routine, have a healthier diet, go outside for a walk just to name a few!
- Think about how it makes you feel – find something that uplifts you, brings you joy, recharges you! If the feelings around it are negative, then it’s not self care!
So why not give it a go, spend some time, on you, with you, for you!