When is the last time you really set taking care of yourself as a top priority in life? Sure, the term “self-care” gets thrown around a lot these days, but that doesn’t mean that we, as a society, have really embraced the importance of self care on a daily basis.
First off, self-care is a general term that encompasses any act of care you offer to yourself, so what it actually means can be a bit hazy. But more importantly, we tend to put work or taking care of others much higher than ourselves on our list of priorities.
The time we spend on ourselves can feel selfish or even wasteful, but we’re here to dispel those thoughts and tell you the amazing benefits of making yourself a top priority.
When you do things that really take care of your body, such as getting plenty of rest, exercise or time to decompress, you activate the Parasympathetic Nervous System.
This automatically puts your body in a “rest and restore” mode, which has particularly positive effects on your ability to fight diseases and germs.
Sure, it may feel counterintuitive to care for yourself when you have a million other things on your plate, but self care is actually shown to increase your productivity.
See, when you prioritize yourself and learn to say “no” to the things that aren’t important, you get to channel your energy into tasks and things that truly matter, making you that much more productive.
Many of us are taught to put others before ourselves, but that often leaves us depleted of energy and unable to give anymore to those around us. That is why it’s crucial to care for yourself first, that way, you’ll have plenty of energy and love for those around you.
It’s the same concept as putting on your own oxygen mask before assisting others on an airplane. Take care of yourself first, so you can care for others.
Self neglect goes hand-in-hand with a negative personal outlook and self esteem. If you put energy into caring and nurturing yourself, you’ll be less likely to resort to negative self-talk or self-criticism as a result.
By being on your own side for a change, you get to work through problems with compassion rather than impatience and judgment. Your subconscious will start to catch up and play on your own team rather than thrown wrenches into your daily life.
Many of us go through life without even tuning into ourselves and our own emotions. By practicing self care, you’ll be bringing yourself closer to your true feelings and needs, which will help you understand yourself much better.
Learn to separate yourself from the rest of the world around you, and do what you really love – you’ll be on your way to forging a new relationship with you.
What you choose to do in the name of self care is individual to each person, but might include activities such as: a relaxing, warm bath, a walk in nature, spending time with your pet or just sitting quietly to calm the mind.
Your possibilities and choices are endless, it’s only a matter or setting aside the time to do it.
So the next time you’re tempted to change your mind about that relaxing evening and take on another work responsibility instead, remember that self-care goes much further than yourself – it actually betters every aspect of your life.
By investing in yourself, you’ll also be enriching your work, health, and relationships with your loved ones.
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