When people speak of healthy living, it can be easy to think they’re only discussing diet and exercise. But self care is a huge aspect of our wellbeing which many people simply don’t prioritize enough. While eating healthily and exercising regularly are parts of physical self care, it’s important to not forget to nurture our mental and emotional health too. Only when all of these areas are balanced can we feel truly de-stressed, content and on top of our busy, chaotic modern schedules.
Coming up, we explore just why taking care of yourself holistically is an essential part of healthy living.
You Can’t Give From an Empty Cup
Between work, parenting, maintaining social relationships and all the other responsibilities we put upon ourselves, it can feel like there’s little time left to devote solely to ourselves. But the truth is that continuously giving away all of your energy to these other people and tasks, without replenishing it, will lead you to a place of burnout and overwhelm.
By making self care a priority, you can recenter and recharge yourself emotionally, so you have enough energy to be able to deliver your best version of yourself to all of the areas of your life. Whether it’s by taking a long walk, a hot bath, or turning off your devices to enjoy an hour of uninterrupted peace curled up with a good book – self care is whatever makes you feel centered, calm and re-energized.
You’ll Be More Productive
Especially if you have an intensive workload, making time for self care is essential to being able to remain productive and efficient at work. Taking regular breaks can help to keep your mind focused without becoming overwhelmed and stressed, or you could try to break down your tasks into manageable chunks between restful periods where you allow yourself to switch off.
Being chronically stressed causes very real, physical consequences throughout our bodies. High blood pressure, headaches, stomach discomfort and difficulty focusing are all signs that you need to take some time to rest and soothe your mind and central nervous system. Never stopping or slowing down can also impact your sleep cycles and cause insomnia, which will only make the next day harder.
Self Care Boosts Happiness
Aside from lower stress levels, regularly practicing self care boosts your overall happiness. While at first it can seem selfish and indulgent to have some ‘you time’ when you have a to-do list a mile long and a never-ending string of demands to meet, starting a self care routine is a key element of long-term contentment and happiness.
Think about the things that make you feel happy, and carve out a little time each day to dedicate just to yourself. It doesn’t have to be a long period of time, but it does need to be regular enough to make an impact on your wellbeing.
The thing about stress is that it builds and builds until we reach a point where we just
burnout. Self care is a powerful tool for breaking the cycle and recentering yourself before you become overwhelmed. If you’re feeling anxious, frustrated or overburdened, be sure to schedule some time to focus on whatever makes you feel most like yourself.
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