SELF CARE: TAKING CARE OF YOU.


With life's everyday demands and responsibilities - work, kids, family - we tend to get so caught up in the day to day responsibilities that many of us forget to take some times for ourselves. Self-care seems to be one of those things that gets pushed to the side for things that are deemed more important. Taking time out of your busy schedule to take care of you is seen as selfish or unimportant. What more people should realise though is that taking care of yourself is the most important thing you can do.
How can you expect to life your life, go to work, take care of your family, if you don't take good care of yourself as well?

Self-care is important for so many reasons, but most of all for your emotional health. If you neglect yourself and spend all your time taking care of others you'll feel run down and unhappy. This can lead to low self-esteem, severe stress levels, resentment and just overall unhappiness. There are so many benefits to practicing self care that can improve so many aspects of your life and overall health.

Self care is about creating habits that keep you going, keep you feeling good continuously instead of short term fixes when you're feeling run down or stressed. Real self care takes commitment and effort but it is so worth it. It can be as simple as making sure you make it to the gym day after day, planning your meals ahead of time to make sure you're eating right or making time to catch up with friends regularly. Committing to self care, although will take time and effort, will have so many positive effects on your life.

PHYSICALLY & EMOTIONALLY.

Constant stress and anxiety can have a detrimental effect on your physical and mental health. Taking care of your body and your mind is the most important aspect of self care. Incorporating regular fitness into your routine can help you feel stronger and fitter. Feeling better about yourself physically plays a big role in how you feel about yourself mentally. Self care is as important to your mental health as it is your physical health. Taking some time for yourself helps to reduce stress levels, which can help reduce anxiety.

Practicing mindfulness, meditation and even teaching yourself to have a more positive outlook on life can help have a positive impact on your mental health. Making time for your friends and family can help keep your spirits lifted which some people even say can help boost your immunity. Although getting your nails done or having a relaxing day of just binge watching your favourite tv show might not seem productive or important, it’s taking time out for the simple pleasures that matters. A happy woman is a healthy one.

SELF WORTH. 

Maintaining a health relationship with yourself is one of the most important aspects of self care. Being happy within helps boost confidence and self esteem and keeps you feel good about being you. Taking the time to practice a little self love helps remind you and others that you are important too. The first step in building your self worth is to challenge your inner critic. Stop comparing yourself to others and learn to see yourself as you really are. Learn to appreciate your thoughts, feelings, desires - learn to appreciate the unique qualities that make you you.

LIVING A FULLER LIFE. 

Sometimes we get so lost in the day to day of life that we forget to get out and try something new. We get caught up in the motions and forget to take a moment to just live. Yes, you have a lot of responsibilities, but it's important to remember that taking care of yourself is also a responsibility. Sometimes it's just the little things that can make all the difference; making time to have coffee with a friends, going for a walk or trying a new hobby. Make your life a little more interesting and give yourself another reason to get up in the morning.

A BETTER CAREGIVER. 

Being a caregiver is tough. It can be physically and emotionally exhausting. If you spend all of your time giving to others without taking a little time for yourself, you can burn yourself out. When you neglect your own needs and forget to care for yourself, you can feel unhappy, fatigued, irritable, and resentful. But making sure that you take a little time every so often to take care of you can also help make you a better care giver for this around you.
Taking time for yourself, to rest, regroup or even just get your head on straight does not make you a bad person. It makes you a normal one. A healthy one. It's about listening to your bodies needs. Slowing down and taking a moment for yourself, even if it means skipping something from your normal routine.


"The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with yourself." - Diane Von Furstenburg. 



Everyone has that something that takes them to their happy place: a hot bath, a block of chocolate, a glass of wine, a night of Netflix. I personally love taking a long, hot shower, getting into my favourite pyjama's and curling up in bed with a book and each week I have two habits that get my through even the most stressful of weeks.

Every Friday after a long, hard work week, after the house work is done and the washing is away, I spend about an hour of the evening pampering myself. I go all out - face masks, hair masks, body scrub, manicure and pedicures - the works. I scrub, moisturise and polish the weeks troubles away. It makes me feel happy and relaxed and there is nothing that gets me more motivated to get my house work out of the way on a Friday than anticipation for the pamper session I know is coming.

Almost every weekend, usually on a Saturday morning, I go a get a remedial massage. I suffer from chronic back pain and work a physically demanding job (not a good combination, I know) so at the end of the week I am sore. Everywhere. The remedial massages help with all the knots and aches I have throughout my back after a long work week and get me ready for the weekend. I walk out of the massage parlour feeling limber, relaxed and ready for the weekend ahead. These are small, simple pleasures that keep me happy, healthy and motivated. It's this little moments I take for myself that keep me going even when my work and home life are stressful af. So the next time you're feeling like you need a pick me up, take a step back and do something for you. To help  you get started, here are some ways to practice self-care that anyone can do.

1. Go for an afternoon walk.
2. Read a book start to finish.
3. Go get a massage.
4. Have a solo movie night.
5. Take a hot bath.
6. Write down a list of things that you are thankful for.
7. Unplug from social media.
8. Splurge a little.
9. Take a nap.
10. Watch your favourite childhood movie.
11. Get a manicure.
12. Get your hair done.
13. Go for coffee with a friend.
14. Meditate.
15. Turn off your phone for the day.
And most importantly, remember the self care is essential.
Do you practice self care? What are some of your self care habits?

Sincerely,

Bella.

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