The definition of self-care is ‘The practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.’
I make time to practice self-care every day. It need not take that long but it is one of my daily goals so I make sure that I spend some time on myself. I feel better and happier for it.
I strongly believe in the benefits of self-care and have written a short course about self-care and how you can make self-care part of your routine.
Here is a self-care planner that you can download instantly and print off so you can plan and track your self-care easily.
Things that I do to care for myself are:
- Yoga or pilates
I try to do one or the other daily and I spend around 20 minutes doing this. It has become so routine now that on the odd occasion that I don’t do it, I feel like something is missing.
I am trying to do 7000 steps per day. I don’t always manage it but I make sure that I have some sort of walk every day. I have a dog so he needs a walk which makes it easier for me to have this as part of my routine.
I enjoy reading and always read before going to sleep. This relaxes me, I get into a book, and then usually find it easy to drift off to sleep.
I enjoy making my garden look nice, and have been growing vegetables this year. I find it de-stressing, but I tend not to garden in the Winter.
I have times when I do a bit of crochet. I like to make blankets! We snuggle up in them in Winter and I am proud that I have made them.
Along with these things, I try to eat well and make sure I have at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Sleep is also important to well-being and I generally have a good 7-8 hours of sleep a night.
Why is it Important to Practice Self-Care?
Self-care is important for happiness, positivity, and boosting feelings of confidence. It is key both physically and mentally in taking control of your health.
Self-care is not a new concept, but what is new is conscious thinking of doing things that you enjoy and that are good for you. Life seems to be getting faster and it can be easy not to put yourself first. By consciously taking a bit of time every day for yourself, you are likely to feel better.
Why is Practicing Self-Care of Benefit to You?
Self-care improves physical and mental health
This type of self-care includes doing some sort of exercise, looking after your teeth, skin, and hair, eating well, and getting enough sleep.
Self-care improves self-confidence
By spending time on yourself, your brain tells you that ‘you deserve this’, and so your self-confidence improves. You end up reflecting on what you do and don’t enjoy doing and then try out new things. This improves your confidence.
Self-care lessens stress and anxiety
By focusing on the things you enjoy doing, you start to relax. This starts to lessen the stress and anxiety you may feel.
What do You do to Practice Self-Care?
There are so many good things that you can do to care for yourself every day. Even if you are so busy, half an hour of ‘me time’ is so good for your well-being. Self-care does not have to be physically demanding, time-consuming, or financially draining.
Do you enjoy reading books, garden, do exercise like me? Or do you love watching films? Having hot, relaxing baths with your favourite bath products? Do you like to meditate or dance or spend time listening to music?
Or there may be something new that you would like to try out - that thing that you were always going to do or to learn at ‘some point’? Now is a great time to learn that new thing.
Spend some time on yourself every day and you will benefit greatly from it.
Is homeopathy for you?
Homeopathy is used all over the world for so many health issues. Whether you have a big health issue that is stopping you from getting on with your life, or niggly health 'annoyances', feel free to contact me if you think I may be able to help.
If you would like to speak to me about how homeopathy may help I offer a free 30 minute discovery call. During this call, we talk about you, your symptoms, and how they are affecting you. I will ask you some questions to see if homeopathy may be beneficial to you.
I am always happy to hear from you.