If you’ve ever gotten on an airplane, you’ll hear the flight attendant instruct you to put on your own mask before trying to help others in case of an emergency. While the concept may seem foreign (for some) and even a bit selfish, a more insightful analysis would be that this is a necessity. In order to take care of others properly, you must take care of yourself first. This my friend is the concept of self-care.
Think about it this way. Imagine you are a jug filled with water. You pour a little into your work cup, a little into your family cup, a little into your friend cup, and so on and so on and so on. Unless you’re the energizer bunny or the Mary Poppins never ending bag, eventually you will be empty. Eventually you will have nothing left to give. At some point you need to stop and refill.
If you’re looking for a more formal definition: self-care refers to all the activities (or habits) done on regular basis to reduce stress and maintain or enhance your health and well-being (both long term and short term).
Ok so we’ve told you what self care is but not why you should do it. I’m not sure why you’d need convincing to decide to take better care of yourself but some do. Self-care can be easily mistaken as selfish or being inconsiderate.When you have a negative view of self-care, you most certainly will continue to put it (and your needs) on the back burner.
A more positive perspective of self-care is that self care is important. It is vital to the wellbeing of yourself and your loved ones. You can be more effective at the million and one other things you need to do if you just take a little time to recharge. In fact, practicing self-care will benefit your loved ones directly and indirectly. You will not only be able to service them better when you are replenished but through your own habits you are teaching them the importance of self-care which may have a ripple effect in their lives.
Other benefits to self care can include:
- Renewed energy
- Reducing stress
- Increased positivity
- Innate calmness and peace
- Increased confidence & self-esteem
- Increased passion and motivation
Through self care you’ll be able to connected better to yourself as a whole. It’s medicine that you will actually enjoy taking because you do it according to how you feel and what you like.
This month I’m really going to be digging into self-care. I want to deepen my understanding of it as well as refine my own practices. No, you dont have to beg. I’ll share everything here (because that’s just how nice I am). So stay tuned.