Body & Soul, Mind, Positive Thinking, Self-Care, Stress Relief, Wellbeing

Self-Care Is Not Selfish

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Nobody needs you more than you do.  It is not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority – it is a necessity.  Self-care means taking care of your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs. Are you regularly setting aside enough “me time”? If your answer is no you may be feeling stressed, run-down or overwhelmed.

While self-care may seem self-indulgent it’s not. Taking time out to care for yourself helps to remind you that your needs are important too.  When you neglect your own needs and forget to nurture yourself – spending time only taking care of others – you risk burn out, feelings of low self-esteem and resentment. When you take care of yourself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually then you naturally begin to care for others too – your family and friends.

‘Me’ time is any action or behaviour that benefits your mental and physical overall health and wellbeing. Regular self-care improves your immunity, increases positive thinking and makes you less susceptible to stress, depression, anxiety and other emotional health issues.  This helps to provide a better work/life balance and it keeps your mind and body more connected and in-tune, which is an essential part of a happy and healthy lifestyle.

Self-care is a very individual thing, so there is no specific prescription for how or when to do it. Mental healthcare professionals recommend taking at least 20 minutes every day to do something totally for you. Below is a list of some self-care actions you can take daily and you can add to it your own list of anything that makes you feel nourished and re-energised.

Choose a few things that you will do daily to make you feel connected, content and balanced:-

Soak in a warm bath.

Have a massage.

Cuddle your pet.

Breathe in fresh air.

Snuggle under a soft blanket.

Find ways to laugh everyday.

Listen to your favourite music.

Eat out in a restaurant.

Try a new physical activity.

Do a crossword puzzle.

Read for pleasure.

Call a friend for a chat.

Join a book club.

Try a guided meditation.

Cook healthy, nutritious meals.

Be a tourist in your own town.

Potter in your garden.

Listen to running water.

Burn a scented candle.

Watch the flames of a fire.

Walk bare foot in the grass.

Enjoy gazing at the night sky.

Nap in the afternoon sun.

Watch a movie.

Do arts and crafts.

Practice Mindfulness.

Write in your journal.

Go for a walk outdoors.

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