Life is busy. Whether it’s balancing work and being a parent, or fitting in friends, life admin tasks and study, we all have times when it feels like there are not enough hours in the day.
Whatever it is that’s pulling you in all directions, the first thing that often falls off the “to do” list is taking time for yourself.
Also known as self-care, but far from being selfish, these tasks often help you find balance and wellbeing, which can make you more productive and efficient when it comes time to help and work with others. So, what is self-care, and how can you make it part of your routine?
There are many practices that could be titled self-care, but the important thing is that it’s an activity you do deliberately to take care of your mental, emotional and physical health.
Sounds simple right? And it is, in theory. In practise though, self-care is something we often overlook, especially when we are busy (which is, perversely, the times we need it the most).
Unlike selfish acts, which exclude others and centre solely around your own needs, self-care enables you to better yourself so you can make a bigger contribution. Self-care is about prioritising and understanding your own wellbeing so you don’t become sick, stressed or unproductive. Some examples of self-care include:
Practicing self-care can bring you balance, help you prioritise your wellbeing and show others that you know your own worth. It can help you discover a more positive outlook, as well as giving you the productivity and motivation to get through the hard tasks, so you can get onto something you love.
As the saying goes, you can’t pour from an empty jug, so what are some of the ways you can ensure self-care becomes a part of your everyday routine?
As with all things which are worthwhile, self-care takes practice. Get into the habit of doing something for yourself every day and see what benefits it brings.
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