Why Should you Practice Self-Care?

Do you live a healthy balanced life? Do you take care of yourself beyond your physical needs? If yes, what exactly does this mean to you?

Eating healthy and keeping fit is very important to health, but there is more to overall health than proper diet and exercise.

What do you do to take care of your mental health?

Many people believe they look after their mental health, but they aren’t sure exactly how they do this.

A simple but effective way you can contribute to your mental health and overall well-being is by taking a bit of time every day to practice self-care.

Self-care won’t solve all your problems, but it will give you the opportunity to do something rewarding and listen to your emotions.

This can be enough to make a noticeable improvement in your life.

Self-care gives you the opportunity to relax and check in with how you’re feeling

Self-care is doing anything that energises you

Self-care is anything you do because you know that it will make you feel happier, fulfilled, relaxed, energised, or accomplished.

There are many different ways to practice self-care depending on what you enjoy. Self-care in all its forms will make you feel more energised and engaged. You’ll feel rewarded because you know you’ve done something good for yourself.

Self-care can be something you enjoy doing while you’re doing it – like taking a nice bath or working on a pet project. It can even be a bit of indulgence, like treating yourself to a high-calorie meal or an unnecessary purchase when you think you deserve it.

Or it can be something you don’t really want to do that takes motivations to get started. But once you’ve done it, you’ll be glad that you made the effort. This could be cleaning the house or exercising.

But it has to be intentional. You can’t think of something you enjoyed earlier in the day and then count it as self-care. So you have to tell yourself that you’re going to practice self-care before you do it and then pay attention to how it made you feel during and afterwards to feel rewarded. If you don’t pay attention to your emotions to enjoy this feeling, it won’t have the same effect.

Self-care is good for your health

Self-care gives us the opportunity to tune into our emotions so we can learn what is best for us. Especially in today’s stimulus-filled world, we can forget to notice our emotions.

When you neglect your mental health, you risk experiencing burnout, tension, anxiety and depression.

But if you spend just a short amount of time each day doing something that makes you feel good, you’ll notice when you’re pushing yourself too hard or neglecting your needs.

There are many different ways practicing self-care can benefit your mind and body.

These include:

  • Feeling more positive and confident because you value your own needs
  • Empathising with others more easily because you pay attention to your own emotions
  • Building a better relationship with yourself because you take the time to make sure you’re doing okay instead of ignoring the warning signs
  • Having more energy and a stronger immune system from being rested

These are just some of the most common benefits practicing self-care can have. Don’t think you’re doing it wrong if you don’t experience them all. Not everyone is the same. You may even enjoy different benefits that aren’t listed above.

The best place to start practicing self-care is with your health

If you don’t feel good physically, then feeling good emotionally is much more difficult, so you should begin by taking care of physical health

If you’re already healthy, to notice how you feel when you make healthy decisions. Relish the self-reward that comes from finishing a workout or choosing a nutritious meal. You’re looking after yourself so you should be proud. Take a moment to congratulate yourself every day. You deserve it.

Self-care isn’t always doing something fun and easy – it can take effort and motivation.

Eating healthy and exercising regularly are also very beneficial ways to practice self-care. A balanced diet paired with a basic exercise routine will work wonders on your physical and mental health. Our brains reward us when we take care of ourselves so you will feel better physically and emotionally.

Getting started is usually the tricky part, but once you begin you’ll quickly realise how rewarding and amazing being healthy feels. And this feeling is addictive so once you build healthy habits, you won’t have to struggle as much to keep them.

You have to get in the habit of taking care of yourself, but once you do you’ll see how addictive it is

Self-care doesn’t have to take all of your time

Are you thinking you don’t have the time for self-care?

Self-care doesn’t have to be a four-hour bubble bath or an entire weekend spent fishing.

Research shows that just 20 minutes per day is enough to make a difference in your health. It can even be incorporated into your regular routine.

Quality time spent with your loved ones can be self-care if it is done mindfully and intentionally. What would mindful time with your family look like to you? Picking out a movie everyone wants to watch then talking about it afterwards? Making a meal together? There are many different ways to enjoy the benefits self-care from spending time with loved ones.

You will also save time in the long run by practicing self-care. You will have more energy and motivation so you’ll likely find yourself getting things done more often and more easily than you would if you let yourself feel burnt out all the time.

Self-care doesn’t need to take a long time. Just spend a few minutes taking care of yourself as often as you can. Short periods of self-care throughout the day are generally more effective than one long block of time set aside.

Some people struggle to find the motivation to practice self-care

Do you have enough time to take care of yourself, but you keep realising that another day has gone by and you haven’t done anything you’re proud of doing? Do you want to accomplish more and tell yourself you’ll be productive, but for some reason you never get around to doing what you told yourself you’d do?

Some people find themselves stuck in a routine that leaves them feeling flat and unfilled. They tell themselves they’ll change their habits, but they don’t. So they keep feeling the same way.

Breaking out of an easy but uninspiring routine can be hard. You need to be able to think beyond what feels good right now, and imagine how doing something that takes motivation to start will lead to you feeling accomplished and fulfilled.

Changing your routine won’t happen overnight and not every day will be easy. But if you want to lead a more satisfying and dynamic life, then make the effort to challenge yourself to do something rewarding every day. Take control of your life and how you feel.

Breaking out of a comfy routine can be difficult, but healthy habits will make you feel so much better

You don’t need to do this alone. You can commit to becoming healthier with a friend who wants to do the same. You could join a class that teaches something you’d like to learn, like another language or an instrument.

If you don’t know what will make you happy or how to even start trying to figure this out, then you could try talking to someone about your emotions to become more aware of them.

If the thought of opening up to a friend like this makes you uncomfortable, you could consider talking to a professional. They can help you better understand your feelings and discover what you want to get out of life.

If you’re struggling to find motivation and purpose, don’t be afraid to reach out to someone.

Self-care allows you to be more in tune with your emotions

Self-care can help you better understand what you enjoy and what makes you feel fulfilled.

Because self-care is essentially doing something you think will make you feel good and then asking yourself how it made you feel, you can gather plenty of information on how different activities affect you.

Sometimes we just want to relax after a rough day to forget about it. Other kinds of bad days can make us crave a more aggressive activity to let out pent up energy, like going for a run or listening to loud music.

Knowing your different reactions and what can sooth them will help you to more quickly get over bad days and get back to normal.

There are many different ways to unwind – self-care can help you discover which ways work best for you

The positive effects of self-care go beyond our emotions

Not only does self-care improve your health, but it can also help you to avoid many of the negative effects associated with not caring for yourself.

If you practice self-care, you’re less likely to suffer from:

  • Low energy
  • Hopelessness
  • Very little patience
  • Feeling unwell
  • Sleeping badly
  • Craving comfort foods
  • Poor mental health
  • Performing badly at work and other activities
  • Strained relationships
  • Little motivation to be social

When you practice self-care, you’re not only taking care of your mind, but you’re rewarding your body as well.

Self-care is a long-term commitment that doesn’t go away

Self-care isn’t something you make the effort to do for a few weeks and then forget about it.

You have to make sure that you take care of yourself in small ways every day.

When life is calm and you have a routine, taking care of yourself isn’t too hard.

But try not to forget about self-care even when your life isn’t normal. During a holiday, treat yourself! But don’t neglect your health either. It’s okay to indulge in delicious food and stay up late, but try not to let yourself get too run-down.

During periods of change, self-care can be especially difficult but it is still very important.

If you’ve just moved, or started a new job, or have had your relationship status change, not bothering to make the time or effort for self-care can be very tempting. But during turbulent times taking care of yourself is especially important.

If you’re feeling low, because of a change or for any reason, show up for yourself by doing what will make you feel better. If you don’t bother to take care of yourself, you will only feel worse.

Practicing self-care isn’t always easy, but it’s always important

Self-care is an important part of a happy life

If you think of self-care and a luxury you can’t afford, or something you don’t have the time for, you’re not imagining self-care accurately.

Self-care is integral to living a healthy life as it’s benefits can be felt in nearly all aspects of day to day life.

Furthermore, if you don’t take care of yourself and your mental health, you can suffer from many harmful side-effects.

Time spent practicing self-care isn’t time wasted as it gives you more energy and motivation you can use in other areas of your life. It’s like an investment of your time that will give you great returns.

It isn’t selfish either because it allows you to become a more satisfied and complete person who knows how they want to be treated.

This will enable you to give more of yourself to others because you will have more to give.

Self-care can look different to everyone. Find what energises you and make the time to do these things. Everyday.

Practicing self-care will make you feel better physically and mentally. It will enable you to build strong relationships, engage with the people around you, and get the most out of life.

You will feel fulfilled.

Building self-care routines and discovering what motivates you can be very challenging. Not everyone knows their goals or what they want to accomplish.

As an experienced life coach, I can help you find clarity on how you can practice self-care so you can lead a fulfilling life where you feel connected with yourself and the people around you.

I offer a free, no obligation 20-minute call where we can discuss what you would like to work on. If you would like to talk, please click below to book a call. Please feel free to send me an email as well and I will answer any questions you may have.

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