3 Reasons to Start a Self Care Routine Today
For a lot of people, the term self-care brings about images of spa retreats and massages...pretty much anything related to pampering. And they’re not entirely wrong.
I tend to think that pampering is a part of self-care. Self-care refers to...well, how you take care of yourself--pretty simple and straight-forward, right?
If I had to create my own definition, it would be:
So, when you think of it that way, you can see why going to get a mani-pedi or getting your hair done, may just be one part of that.
If you haven’t noticed, self-care has become a buzzword lately...along with mindfulness and meditation and a host of other words. Clearly, people are looking for ways to stay healthy and feel happy. And that’s why I’m glad to see that self-care is sort of trendy right now. I wholeheartedly believe that everyone needs a self-care practice (or to start one).
I’ll tell you a few reasons why:
1// Don’t Get Ready, Stay Ready
The only moment we have is NOW. Your life could be “perfect” one minute and things can change in an instant. It happens all of the time….well, because that’s life...and none of us are exempt.
The question is, how will you handle unforeseen obstacles when they come? A regular self-care practice will not only ensure that you are at your best (physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually) when trials come your way, but it will also give you habitual actions to resort to in order to maintain your health and sanity while you navigate your trial.
2// An Ounce of Prevention is Worth More than a Pound of Cure
A regular self-care practice is a preventive strategy for physical and mental health. Tending to the needs of your body through proper nutrition, rest, and exercise is sure to reduce or maybe even eliminate the number of doctor visits you have each year (outside of an annual physical). When you love on your body through healthy actions that promote optimum health, your body will love you back!
The same is true for your mental health. We all get stressed from time to time, but if you’re not taking steps to recognize and tend to your mental and emotional state, stress can easily transition into anxiety and depression. By having a regular self-care practice, not only will you recognize when your emotions are out of sync, but you’ll also be equipped to take action towards bringing your emotions back into a harmonious state.
3// You Get the Oxygen Mask First
Most of us do a pretty bang-up job of taking care of everyone else. Whether that’s children, siblings, parents or even friends--I feel pretty confident saying that you are a rockstar caretaker! But what about you, Hun?
If you’re always giving or working yourself to the ground, how will you be able to continue to give to or care for those who you love? What good will you be to them if you’re sick? And if you continue to run on fumes to the point of feeling anxious or depressed, how will you continue to give emotionally to those that you love and care for?
If you’re reading this and you tend to be a generous, caring person, I sincerely applaud your gracious, giving heart.
But don’t forget, in order to maintain what you’re doing, you have got to come first! Sounds a bit counterintuitive, and it might even feel selfish. But those who love you deserve the best version of you...and that my dear, friend comes down to you taking care of Y-O-U!
Don't wait until something happens. Don't wait until you're sick or run-down. At that point, you're in repair and restoration mode. You deserve to be taken care of--and it's okay for you to be the person to make it a priority.
Before you click off of this post, do me a favor--think of one thing you can do for you today and then go and do it! And then do it again tomorrow...and the next day. Before you know it, you'll have a self-care routine that will serve you (and those you love) for years to come.
I'm cheering you on!
If you don’t have a self-care practice already, I’d love to share my Beginner’s Guide to Self-Care. It’s a 16-page guide with tips and resources for the foundations of self-care. Don’t worry, Lovely--it’s FREE!
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