This month we are focusing on self-care. You might wonder what “self-care” really means and if it is being selfish to think about yourself. Honestly, it is about maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself. Make sure you are able to produce positive feelings and boost your confidence and self-esteem. We can get so busy taking care of our families and friends but never stop to think of our own needs. One action of self-care is to remind others as well as yourself that you are important and you have to take care of your own needs too.
Here are some thoughts about self-care:
- You should not force yourself to do it, but enjoy it.
- It refuels you rather than takes from you.
- It is knowing what you need to take care of yourself, so you can then give to loved ones.
You may have a lot of responsibilities, like mowing the lawn, household chores and paying the bills, but it is your responsibility to take care of yourself, your whole person well-being. Little things can help such as taking time to read the newspaper or a favorite book or enjoying a nice bubble bath. You also need to keep up with your physical health by going to regular doctor visits; and of course, the things we hear and read about all the time like eating healthy and getting adequate sleep and exercise. Here are some tips from the Forbes website to help you jump on the self-care bandwagon and eventually make these habits.
- Go for a light jog or walk.
- Choose who you spend time with.
- Laugh heartily at least once a day.
- Eat green daily.
- Avoid emotional eating.
- Start a journal.
- Learn to say no.
- Stop overthinking.
Remember, if you take care of yourself, then you recognize your worth!