Taking care of yourself isn’t just about eating right, keeping yourself trim, and then simply going about your day. No, taking care of yourself also involves taking a look at what else you are going to need in order to feel whole and complete beyond the physical needs. Specifically, in self-care.
What is self-care?
Self-care is one of those seemingly complex terms that is, in actuality, pretty simple to understand once you strip away the unnecessary verbiage. At its core, self-care is when you take a wholesome approach and caring for your needs. Instead of focusing solely on healthy living, you take care of yourself by taking into account your emotional and mental health. You’ll be able to take care of all of you so that you have a strong level of self-confidence and acceptance that will make you a stronger person in general when you go out into the world.
Self-care is taking care of all of your different needs and wants that will put you more in-tune with yourself as a whole, and better prepare you for the outside world that is waiting.
Why is self-care important?
While it may not have been talked about all that much until recently, self-care has always been important for a complete and fruitful life. Some of the most important aspects of self-care are:
- Understanding what you really want: We always think that our needs are things 1, 2, and 3. However, self-care will show you that your needs can expand well beyond that, with things 4-30 at times. While self-care often opens you up to a whole new (potentially overwhelming) world of wants, it also shows you what you really want so that you can go after it.
- Taking care of all of you: When we take care of all of our needs, we are able to take care of all of ourselves, too. This means that you are going to be able to feel better about yourself as a person and you’ll simply feel healthier overall.
Self-care is important because it forces you to acknowledge all of your needs and wants and take care of them. This offers a more centred life and better overall health and wellness for you.
Examples of self-care:
There are all sorts of options out there for self-care. Here are some of the most popular ones, depending on where you need the most wellness training.
- Keeping a goals journal: Knowing what we want out of life — be them big or small goals — helps keep us on track and feeling motivated to reach our goals even on a bad day.
- Going out with friends: Feeling isolated can create unnecessary negativity in your life. Sometimes, going out to have a coffee or another outing with friends is all you need to feel better again.
- Enjoying some R&R: If, on the other hand, you need to enjoy some you time and just unplug from everything, do it. Maybe it’s reading a good book, or watching a favourite movie, or simply doing some form of mindful exercise.
The thing is, we’ve survived long enough on simply meeting the needs for our physical bodies. Now is the time to take a look at meeting all of your needs to be a stronger, more complete person. The stronger you are, the more you are going to be able to do with your life, after all. Self-care will help you achieve that overall wellness that for which you’re hunting.