What Is Self-care and Why Is It Important?

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You’ve probably heard the term “self-care” quite a bit recently. It seems to be a real buzz word in the world of personal development. It’s easy to consider the idea of taking care of yourself as fluff. After all, society tells us that we’ll be rewarded for hard work and that it’s selfish to focus on yourself so much. However, self-care isn’t just some trend that will be gone tomorrow. It’s actually an important part of life that offers tremendous benefits to your health and well-being. Take a look below to learn more and see what this concept is all about.

About Self-care
Self-care isn’t really all that complicated. It simply involves deliberate actions you take toward the benefit of your physical, mental or emotional health. Yes, that’s all it is. Yet this simple concept can be so difficult for many of us. Taking care of yourself is an act of love. It’s not selfish, despite what society may tell you. When you proactively set out to do something good for yourself, you’re recharging your battery and providing yourself the energy to do more of the things on your list. You’re also showing the world that you believe you’re important.

When I was in a not-so-good place many years ago, I did not understand what self-care was, nor did I know what steps to take to be happy and take control of my well-being. I was simply exhausted mentally and emotionally, and wanted the struggle to go away. It took me several years to take control of my situation and be happy with myself. Fast forward to today–now I want to share what I learned with you by creating this blog.

Examples of Self-care
There are a range of self-care activities you can engage in, from simple to complex. You can seek out sensory care to calm your mind and indulge your senses. Things like eating a favorite food, going for a walk in the countryside, taking a bubble bath, or petting your dog fall under this category. Caring for your emotions are also key to being a healthy individual. You can do this through journaling, going to therapy, hanging out with friends, or having a good cry. Your physical well-being is another aspect of self-care. Therefore, it’s important to eat a healthy diet, get regular exercise, and focus on positive sleep habits, among other things. These are just some of the many types of self-care you can pursue. 

Benefits of Self-care
Purposefully caring for yourself comes with a host of benefits. For one, you’ll simply feel better. Your physical health will improve when you take specific actions to take care of your body. You’ll also have more energy and be more productive when you give yourself permission to unwind and focus on yourself. You’re also likely to feel better about yourself and have more self-confidence. That’s because you’ll be consistently sending yourself the message that you have value each time you focus on your own needs. You may even have improved relationships with others because you’ll be in better spirits and have more energy to give them when you fill your own needs.

Hopefully, this gives you an introduction to the topic of self-care and why it matters. Keep these things in mind as we continue discovering aspects of this important concept.