Updated: May 12
What self-care really means and how you can incorporate it into your life (without having to buy anything)
It feels like the term "self-care" has become more and more common recently, and especially since the start of the pandemic. Throughout the past few years, many people (including myself) have come to realize the importance of taking care of ourselves in order to stay healthy (both mentally and physically). But what exactly does taking care of ourselves mean, and how can we practice self-care amidst everything going on? The solution may be simpler than you think.
When we hear the term "self-care", what might commonly come to mind are things such as bubble baths, spa days, or face masks. Although these are great examples of what self-care may look like to some (and at times they can be very helpful) self-care encompasses so much more. Above all, it is about truly taking the time to make sure that we are doing okay. This idea may seem selfish to some (it definitely did to me at first), but in order to help those around us and contribute to the world, we have to feel good! It is difficult to thrive and succeed if we are not taking care of our minds, bodies, and souls.
At the root of the concept of self-care is self-love. Loving ourselves can be a very difficult thing to do, especially when we are constantly bombarded by advertisements and social media posts telling us that in order to be lovable, we only have to change everything about our physical appearance, clothes, and lifestyle. Practicing self-care is a great way to combat the negative messages we are receiving and allow space for more self-love.
It's important to note that self-care can look different to different individuals, because we are all unique, have access to different resources, and are at different points in our health journeys. At times (for some) it can mean taking the time to do a face mask once in a while or taking a bubble bath in order to relax, but it can also be a lot simpler. More importantly, self-care, and the benefits it offers, can be incorporated into your life every single day.
On a day-to-day basis, self-care can mean drinking enough water to stay hydrated, eating foods that are aligned with what your body needs, or even just going to bed a little earlier to get a good night's sleep. By listening to your body, you can find what self-care truly looks like for you. Is it spending time out in nature? Eating more fruits and vegetables? Exercising? Listening to your favorite music? Exploring what we need in order to feel good allows us to learn more about ourselves and enrich our lives.
With all of this being said, here are a few ideas of what practicing self-care can look like on daily basis:
-Drinking enough water
-Eating healthy, balancing, and nourishing foods
-Getting enough sleep and rest
-Cooking a homemade meal
-Going on a walk
-Spending time with someone you love
-Reading a book
-Setting important appointments (yearly physical, eye exam, dentist appointment, etc...)
-Making yourself a warm cup of tea
-Wearing comfortable clothes
-Setting healthy boundaries
-Spending time in nature
-Calling a friend
-Watching your favorite show
-Keeping your home clean
Now that we've talked a bit about what self-care means and how it can differ from person to person, I encourage you to take the time to write down a list of what self-care looks like to you. Keep this list in a place where it is easily accessible and try to start incorporating some of the activities each day during the week. After a while, self-care can naturally become a part of your daily routine without having to look at your list.
Having said all of this, I want to gently remind you that self-care may not always be easy. With everything going on in the world and in our lives, taking care of ourselves can be very difficult. Self-care does not always mean taking the easiest path, so I encourage you to reach out for support and encouragement whenever you need it.
You deserve to feel happy, healthy, balanced, and loved, and practicing self-care is the perfect way to start growing these values in your life.
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