In the first post of this self-care series, we looked at what self-care actually is and how to implement it in your daily life. From healthy eating to having a facial to reading a new book, there are so many different ways you can look after yourself.
But why is self-care so important? I mean come on, we are able to get through the days and weeks and months without spending more than a few seconds on ourselves, so why should we be giving up time that we could be devoting to someone else? After all, aren’t we taught to put others first?
Self-care is all about looking after yourself. When you regularly spend time doing things you love and looking after your physical and emotional wellbeing, you will find an improvement in your mental health. Sleep, exercise and a healthy diet are all on the list of ways to beat depression and anxiety, and you don’t realise how much they do actually help until you work on them. Setting aside time daily or weekly to do something that you enjoy is also a motivating factor to get you through the boring harder parts. It’s a light at the end of the tunnel…you know that when you have got through that stressful week of school runs and work deadlines, you will be doing something for you. It helps you to unwind, and helps to prevent it from all building up.
Relationships always work better when you are happy and healthy. Unhealthy relationships are more likely to develop when you aren’t kind to yourself. If you’re constantly rushing around, you won’t have time for anyone else. If you’re stressed up to your eyeballs, you are likely to take it out on others without realising. When you have no time to spare for things you enjoy, then those social engagements with your friends and loved ones will fall by the wayside. You may even begin to accept any negative behaviour sent your way because you don’t believe you deserve any better.
Stress and exhaustion can lead to a multitude of illnesses, both major and minor. From migraines, to constant colds, to stress ulcers, your body is going to get a battering if you don’t take care of it. Feed yourself healthy food, keep moving, make time for the things that help you to relax. Cut down on caffeine and improve your sleep habits, cut down on sugar for the sake of sugar.
Find the Perfect Balance
It’s all about finding the right balance for you. You don’t have to cut out all the junk food in order to have a healthy diet, you can just moderate your intake. You don’t have to break the bank and spend hours at the gym, you can just find ways to keep moving and possibly do some simple exercises at home. The most important thing is that you make time to put yourself first.
No more ‘yeah but’s.
No more excuses.
Now is the perfect time to start.