How to practice 'self care'
Updated: Nov 9
When you hear the words ‘self care’ the first things you may think of are bubble baths and mani/pedis. Don’t get me wrong, they are very lovely activities and am big fans of them both but true self care choices don’t sound particularly exciting but they have a great impact on our stress levels and our mental and physical health.
We as mums constantly put our children’s needs before ours, followed by our husband’s, partner’s, sibling’s, friend’s etc. Our needs are usually the last we focus on.
I love this quote from an article by @iamchrissyking
‘As women we serve in multiple roles in any given day. Many of us have been programmed to believe that all those roles have to come before our own needs. Self care is the deliberate act of centering ourselves and putting our needs at the forefront of our priority list. It involves engaging in activities or practices that help reduce or manage stress, aid in our overall health and wellbeing, increase our energy and satisfaction, and assist in taking care of our emotional, mental and physical health. Self care is not just a nice thing to do or to practice occasionally. It’s a non-negotiable part of our overall health and wellbeing. Contrary to cultural beliefs, women don’t have to show up as Superwoman or Supermom day in day out. We dont have to save the world at the expense of ourselves. If I were to put my faith in anyone to save the world, it would be women...but let’s do it well-rested!’
There are lots of great self care practices which will help enhance your overall health.
Here are just a few:-
- Go for a walk and leave your phone at home - Go to bed early
- Drink lots of water - Choose foods which will nourish your body - Do a workout whether it’s lifting weights, jogging or yoga - Write in a gratitude diary
Remember you can’t take care of others until you can take care of yourself first.