By now most people have heard some version of “self-care is important” – but what exactly is it and why is it important? Surely it can’t be all face-masks and bubble baths?
Self-care is considered to be an essential part of any health care regime. It means you are taking action to improve your well being by taking part in things that bring you back in balance. It means taking the time to listen to what your body and mind are telling you they need. In this day and age it is easy to forget to take care of yourself and to make the time to do so, but it is important to make sure that you are maintaining your physical, emotional and mental health.
For me personally, I know I cannot give from an empty cup. If I do not take time to maintain my mindset and my body, I can’t perform at my best in any of my roles – as a trainer, a consultant, a wife or a friend. Here are some of the things that I do to keep myself on track:
- Have a cup of tea in the sun without my cellphone or laptop
- Go for a walk with my husband and my dogs
- Practice gratitude
- Exercise 4 times a week
- Ensure I am doing my mobility (stretching / rolling)
- Get outdoors (hiking is my favourite)
- Take a break from social media
Other Self Care Ideas
- Practice mindful breathing when you are feeling anxious
- Go for a run or walk
- Have a cup of herbal tea instead of coffee
- Get some sun
- Have a nap
- Positive self talk
- Volunteer at an animal shelter for a day
- Ask for help
- Scratch off an item from your to-do list
- Clean your kitchen
- Read a book
- Unfollow people on social media that make you feel bad
As with anything in health, there needs to be consistent effort to include self-care in your daily routine. Start by creating one or two small daily habits and weekly rituals to keep yourself in peak condition. So no, self-care isn’t only bubble baths and essential oils. Sometimes it’s going for a run, cancelling a dinner date or turning off your phone.
Keep looking after yourself!