Oxford dictionary refers to self-care as the practice of taking an active role in improving and protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, particularly during periods of stress. Over the years, the word self-care has been used in many ways. While some people have the right idea, there’s also a lot of misconceptions about self-care. For example, self-care is not self-indulgence nor is it selfish or narcissistic. Self-care is not a luxury. It’s a necessity for a healthy, happy life.
Sometimes, when people think of self-care, ideas such as a day at the spa, going on a vacation or having a relaxing drink after a long day may come to mind. Those aren’t the wrong ideas, however, self-care is much more than that. Listed below are a few examples and benefits of self-care.
Self-care shouldn’t be something done once in a while. It should be a daily routine (or weekly, depending on what it is). Exercise is a form of self-care. Not only does exercise improve one’s physical appearance, but it also releases endorphins in the brain, which have a role in reducing stress and managing depression.
Setting Healthy Boundaries
Setting boundaries is essential for a healthy, productive relationship. Boundaries can be emotional, mental, or physical. Setting boundaries isn’t constricting, but a part of establishing & defining individuality and identity. The type of boundaries chosen will differ from person to person. However, the intention should always be the same for every person…to set the tone of how one expects to be treated and to protect one’s mental, emotional, or physical health from being taken advantage of.
Many people are so caught up in the daily stressors of life that forgetting to eat becomes common. When they finally take a break to eat, it’s usually quickly popping something in their mouth, or getting a fast, convenient meal. Oftentimes those quick snacks and meals are unhealthy for the body. A great way to incorporate self-care is to be mindful and intentional about what we eat. A healthy diet can positively affect the body and the mind, improving memory and sleep.
Taking care of yourself shouldn’t only be reserved for vacations or when you’re sick. If self-care isn’t something you usually practice, it may take some time getting used to, but remember that you should never feel guilty about it. Instead, welcome it into your life. Embrace it and understand that in order to be the best version of yourself, self-care is necessary.
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