Recognizing the anxiety around self-care is easy. Letting go of it is the hard part. Our life coach columnist has some helpful advice that ultimately helps everyone.
If you’re going to take care of yourself with self-care activities – don’t feel guilty. Who cares what others will think! Drop the guilt around self-care and give yourself permission to take care of YOU!
Self-care is an exchange: Take care of you first to better take care of those around you.
Here’s a list of some common self-care activities that make spark your interest or perhaps you have some other ideas. No matter what, look at self-care options as a priority and find ways to increase and circulate your blood flow which in return will raise your energetic vibration:
- Loud/Soft Music
- Reading a Romance Novel
- More sleep
- Epson salt bath
- Juice Cleanse
- Walk in Nature
When you take time to take care of you, without the guilt or shame, or without feeling bad or regretting it, you’ll be able to be more in service to others and yourself. You’ll find you are more rested, alert, focused and just simply feel good.
If you are feeling overstressed, overworked, burning the candle at both ends, it will only last for so long before it catches up with you. Find the time and allow yourself to refuel, rejuvenate, and take the extra time to rest. And add in some of the above activities to extend your self-care further.
Start from where you are and the value of self-care over time will offer you:
– Better mental support, physical support, and just overall wellbeing
– Connect with those around you at a deeper level including with yourself
– The more you can practice self-care you can tap into what you truly desire and what you need
So why not take time for YOU! When you are moved to do something for YOU then do it – unapologetically. Decide what you really find relaxing, enjoyable, and revitalizing.
The more you practice it the quicker you’ll find that at the end of the day your head hitting the pillow in pure exhaustion is no longer your experience. You’ll sleep well and be ready to start the next day with a sense of excitement and lots of energy. Self-care be definition is the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress – you are worth the time.