Updated: May 8, 2021
Self-care, it seems to be a bit of a buzz word at the moment with COVID-19 and stuff, but it is something we all should build into our daily lives. I explain to my clients that self is a bit like the safety briefing you get when you board a plane. “…should oxygen masks fall from the ceiling, fit you own before helping others.”
Self-care refers to those activities and practices that we deliberately choose to engage in on a regular basis to maintain and enhance our health and wellbeing. Quite simply you need to make sure you’re ok before you can be effective with doing things for others. Self-care isn’t selfish, its essential.
Practicing self-care helps to prevent stress and anxiety by incorporating self-care activities into your regular routine, like going for a walk or socialising with friends, you give your body and mind time to rest, reset, and rejuvenate, so you can avoid or reduce the symptoms of stress and anxiety.
Self-care makes you more effective, when you take time for yourself and give your body the food, rest, and activity it needs, you will actually have more energy to meet the demands of daily life – however unusual they might be. Bringing more balance to your daily routine will help you be more productive and more resilient to stressors.
Practicing self-care is an important activity to do every day. Putting it simply you can’t pour from an empty cup, so make sure you keep yours topped up to ensure you aren’t draining yourself. Practicing good self-care will lead toward a better balance among your dimensions of wellness and lead toward improved overall health and wellness.
Life is precious, and it is meant to be enjoyed.