Self-care is the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness during periods of stress and can be used a preventative measure. Although it’s a simple concept in theory, it’s something we often overlook. Good self-care is key to improve your mood, reduce anxiety and remain in healthy relationships with self and others.
Self-care is not something that we should force ourselves to do but rather something we enjoy doing. Self-care is not a selfish act but instead considering what we need to do in order to take care of ourselves, and subsequently, being able to take care of others. Taking care of yourself puts you in the position to then, care for others.
A couple of self-care activities include:
- Making a list of things you’re grateful for
- Being creative (drawing/writing/painting/knitting/cooking)
- Getting a massage
- Spending time with your pets
- Spending time in nature
- Taking a nap
- Being physical
Lastly, here are a few encouraging words to get you through the day:
- Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.
- When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings you joy, care about yourself to make room for it in your life.
- Self-care is not a waste of time. Self-care makes your use of time more sustainable.