Self Care is essential. But what does that really mean? Sure we’ve heard how important self-care is, we see the trends, the videos, the products, the aesthetic, etc. but why is self-care important?
Well, self-care is just as simple as it sounds, it’s the practice of taking care of yourself. It is important because the way you care for yourself sets the standard for how you care for everything else. Ironically, a lot of us use our responsibilities as the foundation for the excuse of not choosing self-care.
Well, I am here to tell you that you cannot properly care for anything in your life if you are not taking care of yourself. Even if you are holding everything together eventually you will buckle and everything will tumble down like a house of cards.
Trust me I know from experience.
Think of it like this, you are the captain of your ship. The captain has many responsibilities pertaining to the physical ship itself and the crew as well. The captain must be focused, rested, and healthy (to say the least) in order to run the ship. Your life your responsibilities and your circumstances are no different. When you are at your best, you feel the best & the rest follows suit.
Self-care isn’t just some aesthetic or trend it is just as essential as breathing. It significantly enhances the quality of life. I know that in today’s fast-paced society it can be very hard to find the time for self-care or to even know where to start. Below I have 3 easy tips to help you get started!
3 Self Care Tips for the Busy Body
Perception is the key to everything in life. If you don’t think you can do something, you won’t, simple as that. Believing that you can do something doesn’t omit failure but it teaches you & helps your efforts for success. Self-care should be looked at as something vital to your quality of life. As something that you are worthy of. You would not restrict yourself to oxygen. You should try to rank self-care with such importance.
My life has changed tremendously since I have taken my self-care seriously. There isn’t a single aspect of my life that hasn’t improved since I started to improve myself. From my confidence to pursue my passions to the patience I have with my kids, self-care has made my life better. I have a better outlook, am more kind & have more energy.. and the benefits don’t end there.
5 minutes is better than nothing
The biggest reason I hear people say why they don’t practice self-care is that they do not have the time. Well, self-care can be just as quick as taking 60 seconds of deep breathing, going outside for a quick breath of fresh air, or even getting up to stretch for a minute or two. We can all find 5 minutes of the day to dedicate to making ourselves a better version. YOU are worth it and I’m sure we all can find it. Whether we have to cut back on the scrolling or Netflix binging, we can find the five minutes.
Start with as much time as you can allot and build from there. You may find that you have more energy after dedicating 5 minutes towards energizing breath work or eating better. Now you can wake up earlier or stay up later, allowing more time for self-care.
Start with ONE thing. Master it then move on.
You are going to drive yourself bananas if you try to adapt an entire self-care routine the very first time you go about doing it (assuming you don’t have one). You are likely going to feel like it is a chore. You’re gonna feel overwhelmed and may feel like giving up if you try to implement too many things at once. Identify an area in your life that needs the most work and then ask yourself what is a keystone practice that I can develop here? Do you need to prioritize your mental health? Setting boundaries? What about your self-perception? Start with the area that needs the most attention. Then ask yourself “what could I do today?”
The one thing you pick should also be something you know you’re going to stick to. Don’t pick something that’s boring, difficult or something that won’t serve you. Pick something that you know is going to be helpful and that is easy enough to stick to. That way you’ll continue the practice. The more you practice self-care and the more consistent you get at it, the better you will feel and the more resilience you will have to implement more self-care practices.
As previously mentioned, I have linked a free guide of 20 self-care habits with an additional section for customizing your own self-care routine.
I hope that you guys find these useful and if there are any tips that you don’t see listed please feel free to leave them below in the comments section you never know who they could help.