Online nowadays the word self-care gets thrown around a lot, but what does self-care actually mean? To always put yourself first? To make sure you have a morning and evening skincare routine? Or to take time out to go to a yoga class?
As a Health Coach, I would define self-care as “an act initiated by one’s self to maintain health through nourishing the mind, body and spirit”.
So why is self-care so important?
Nowadays our lives are so busy that sometimes we forget to take care of ourselves. However, if this happens, it won’t be long before your body starts to sound the alarm and let you know in the form of a stinking cold, fatigue or even chronic migraines in my case.
Self-care can help you tune into your body, prevent sickness and help you find homeostases which is essential in maintaining health.
When people first think of self-care, they think of having a day at the spa, a massage or some sort of beauty treatment, but self-care is so much more than that.
Self-care can be incorporated into all areas of your life. For example:
- The food you choose to put in your body every single day is a form of self-care
- The physical exercise you partake in is a form of self-care
- The way you talk to yourself is a form of self-care
- The relationships you choose to surround yourself with is a form of self-care
- The way you manage sleep is a form of self-care
- The mindset you adopt is a form of self-care
Can you see how if all the above fell out of balance there is a chance that your health could suffer as a result?
Self-care can be anything that nourishes your mind, body and spirit and will be individual for everyone. Some examples of this could be:
- A long walk in nature with the dog
- Writing in your journal to acknowledge the daily progress you are making
- Taking some time out for meditation
- Not letting anxious thoughts get the better of you
- Going to a dance class
- Buying yourself some fresh flowers just because you love them
- Finishing work half an hour early to spend some quality some with your kids
- Having some quiet time with a good book
- Getting up half an hour earlier to prepare a healthy lunch for your day
- Reciting a list of everything you are grateful for as you walk to work
As you go through life and evolve, the self-care you need now will be very different to the self-care you need in say 10 years time.
Learn to simply check in with yourself on a regular basis and simply ask yourself “What does my body need in order to feel balanced right now? Trust your gut because it knows the answers.
Fall in love with taking care of yourself because your body is the only place you have to live.
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