The Importance of Self-Care

 

The Importance of Self-Care

You’ve probably heard about self-care before, the idea of looking after
yourself isn’t exactly a new one. Making it a priority to take care of your
own needs, physical, emotional and spiritual has become more a
popular concept in recent years, but although we all like the idea of
taking time out for ourselves, the truth is that many of us don’t actually
do it.

So, why is self-care so important for our well-being? Put simply, you
can’t give anything from an empty cup. A lot of people, women
especially, are very good at looking after everyone else. We put our
families first, give our all to our job or our business, and make time for
our friends – but where do we make time for our own needs?

If you have 101 demands being made on your time, it’s all too easy just
to let your own needs slide in an attempt to try and keep everyone else
happy, but the more you do that, the less you’ll actually want to help
people. You’ll get crabby when your children want you to look at
something they’re doing. You’ll snap at your husband or partner. You’ll
resent your boss for asking you to help on yet another project and                                                                                 when your friends ask for help with something you’ll roll your eyes and
sigh loudly, feeling put upon.

Why You Shouldn’t Neglect Yourself…
Yes, we know that it’s just easier sometimes to give in, let your own
needs slide and forget the little things that we enjoy when life gets
busy. When we’re overwhelmed, taking time out to do something fun
seems frivolous and like a luxury. Stop and think about it the next time
you’re tempted to work through lunch instead of making your gym or
hair appointment though; self-care actually makes you more productive
and less stressed.

• Self-care stops you from getting burned out. Pushing yourself to
the point where you’re exhausted and can’t take one more
demand isn’t good for anyone, and if you make a point of taking
care of yourself before it gets that bad, you’ll avoid a lot of
potential stress in the future.

• Self-care is a great stress reducer. We all need a little bit of stress
to get things done sometimes, but too much will create havoc on
your mind and your body. Doing nice things that you enjoy, and
looking out for your own well being stops the effects of stress
from taking over, making you more productive and much nicer to
be around.

Self-care can help you to get your focus back. Whether it’s the
luxury of a full spa day or just an hour’s walking or session at the
gym, getting away from something that has you really stuck can
help you to work out what it is that needs to be done. Take a
break from that tricky issue and the answer may just come to you
when you stop looking for it so frantically!

Have we convinced you to take care of yourself now?

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