• Varun Narula

The Importance Of Self-Care

Updated: Sep 4, 2020

Does the following scenario sound familiar??

You’re preparing for an important meeting at work, paperwork is piling up and your calendar is so jam-packed that you don’t have any time for yourself. So, what do you do? You continue working, cancel your personal training session, reschedule that coffee date with your best friend and load up on fast-food. To keep up with the never-ending responsibilities, self-care gets put on the back burner. You keep on plugging away at this pace until a wake-up call redirects your attention to the toll this “go, go, go” lifestyle has taken on your life.

Moreover, people have so many responsibilities that it’s easy to neglect your own personal needs. While it’s hard to prioritize self-care into your daily life, improving your well-being is one of the greatest ways to maintain overall health, including physical, mental and emotional health. You’ll have an easier time sustaining positive habits.

Side Note:

It is essential to realize that these times can be difficult. In order to tackle the stress that may occur, you must understand the importance of self-care. It is essential to manage your time well enough to be able to practice time for yourself. Continue reading to learn more about self-care and how it can reduce stress and impact your daily life. As the economy starts to reopen, citizens continue battling with COVID-19.

What is self-care???

Specifically, self-care is any activity that we engage in to take care of our personal needs and well-being. It is key to our mental health. Ironically, it’s something we frequently neglect to practice. Everyone has mental health. For this reason, self-care isn’t only for those who struggle with mental illness. It is important that we all take the time to do things for our own health, because it will refresh and recharge us so that we can feel and be at our best.

Additionally, self-care encourages self-improvement. It promotes rest and relaxation, which benefits our overall health and wellness, and it also promotes healthy relationships. When our self-esteem and self-awareness improves, it has a positive effect on our overall mindset. This enables us to care for our loved ones in a way that we might not have been able to do before.

“The most important relationship is the one you have with yourself.” If you are already exhausted; physically and mentally, you’re less likely to handle other stresses that may come your way. When you are at your best, you will learn to manage stress and be able to serve others. Serving others well starts off with self-care. If you aren’t taking care of you, you can’t impact them.

What is the importance of self-care?

In general, practicing self-care promotes a healthy relationship with yourself which benefits your physical, mental, and emotional health. As stated above, when you are unable to care for yourself, it is nearly impossible to care for others. Therefore, self-care allows you to establish a positive mindset that will translate to good vibes and emotions for others around you. According to Mayo Clinic, by making the time to replenish, you will increase the outlook of yourself and others, as well as, decreasing unhealthy amounts of stress.

How can I practice self-care?

I have created a variety of beneficial self-care ideas that you can start implementing on a daily basis!

  • Keep a diary or journal and write down any and all of your thoughts whenever you feel like sharing something, whether it’s good or bad.

  • Take some extra time in the shower. Bathe yourself twice and condition your hair after you rinse out your shampoo. Then, turn your back to the water, close your eyes, and feel the water run down your back as you take deep breaths.

  • Establish or develop a skincare routine. Take time to exfoliate your face and/or moisturise your skin.

  • Take a nap. Never underestimate the power of a good, refreshing nap!

  • Cook a healthy, filling meal with your significant other or spouse. Or, nothing is wrong with ordering takeaway and having a date night at home.

  • Do some yoga or go for a nice walk. You don’t have to do vigorous exercise to be physically healthy.

  • Drawing or coloring can be a wonderful way to relax and wind down from the day. Color in a color book, or do some watercolor.

  • Doing a social activity can be very beneficial. Go to a group counselling session or join an online community that piques your interest. For example, I recently created a new mental health support forum for those who want to discuss mental health-related topics in a more private, stigma-free setting.

  • Buy yourself a new book and read. Reading is a great way to relax, and it’s also a great way to learn new things.

  • Play with your pet(s) or visit a humane society or pet store to spend time with an animal. Petting and playing with an animal is very beneficial to your mental health. It is said that listening to a cat’s purrs can relieve stress or emotional tension.

To conclude, the importance of self-care benefits your physical, mental and emotional health. The most important relationship is with yourself.

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