It’s yet another gorgeous sunny morning and I have my coffee, the kids are occupying them self’s (for once) and I wanted to talk about the importance of self-care/self-love. So grab a cup and take a seat because it’s time for a check in.
What is self-care?
To make a long story short, Self-care is nothing less than actions to lead to a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life, done deliberately to maintain or improve our emotional, mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing. This can be as simple as reading a book or as crazy as climbing a mountain. It’s about what benefits your health and wellbeing.
What it’s not
Now some people will tell you (or yourself) that is vain, selfish, indulgent, and inconsiderate. But I’m here to pop that idea straight away.
Why is self-care important?
Self-care is undeniably invaluable not only for emotional, mental support but for your physical health too. Helping you manage stress and mood and ensuring that you get enough sleep. Managing and even preventing potential health problems.
Benefits of self-care
Consistent physical exercise can help offset many of the unwanted physical effects of modern living. For instance, help with the negative impacts of sitting, including stiff joints and poor posture. you’ll not only feel better mentally, you’ll make things easier on your digestive system, support healthy cardiovascular functioning, and even help your body manage the hormones that keep you mentally and physically well.
Mental and Emotional
Even basic things like moving regularly, and getting outside can all help your body regulate these systems that produce the hormones that impact your moods. (Each of these activities also supports the growth of beneficial gut flora, which in turn play a huge role in how your body manages hormones and your moods.) Spending time with yourself is preventative medicine to combat burnout. (Nobody wants that) Builds up resilience as you learn to understand yourself, and your needs and wants. It also keeps you happy, healthy, and strong so that you can continue doing what you do best. Basically, it benefits everyone because by having a happier and healthier mind-set, you're in a better position to take care of the people who are important to you. Practicing mindfulness can help keep you grounded, and over time, “train” your mind to focus on the positive things in life.
'The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.' - AristotleIncorporating some form of spiritual practice into your life, whether in a traditionally spiritual setting, a walk in the woods, write in your journal, in the love you feel for your family and friends, or a gratitude practice.
We all need to be reminded that we’re part of something bigger.
Find your form of connection to the universe.
Self-care can also be a powerful means for personal growth, as it requires self-analysis and discipline to keep coming back to the basics day after day. Following through on that commitment to yourself can expand your understanding of what you truly value, and help you find the happiness and joy that come when you live in alignment with those values.
So with all that being said self-care comes in many forms and practices to all.
Its importance cannot be measured and should be an integral part of everybody’s daily life.
We all should be carving out much needed time for ourselves, it’s the food that nourishes our mind, body and soul.
It’s what brings beauty and magic in to our lives.