Self-care means taking care of yourself. Putting your needs first. Doing the things in life that improve your overall mental and physical health.
When most people think of self-care, they immediately think of indulging themselves with a pedicure, new hairstyle, new outfit, a chocolate candy bar, or something else. Although self-care has a bit of self-indulgence built into it, it is not the same thing as self-indulgence.
Self-care is so much more. It means putting your needs first – and more often!
If you feel yourself feeling guilty or thinking, “I don’t really have time for that,” stop right there. You DO have the time. In fact, you absolutely must engage in self-care so you can enjoy a better and healthier life, and have more time to do those things you want to do.
Learn to listen to your body with respect and give it what it needs. Think about the chronic pain you experience daily. With each painful flare-up, your body is talking to you. It is saying that it really needs some “me” time. In its special language, it is saying that it needs you to take better care of it so it can take better care of you.
Your body needs you to engage in more positive self-talk, eat a healthier diet, get enough sleep, engage in moderate exercise, and surround yourself with supportive and empathetic people. It also needs you to engage in creative outlets like yoga or meditation so you can focus your mind and alleviate stress.
By engaging in a self-care regimen, you are putting your needs first and your body will listen!
To get started, look closely at your life now. Figure out those areas where you’re feeling fulfilled and those in which you’re feeling deprived. Evaluate what goals you want to accomplish and how you can add value to your life and the world. Be willing to add or eliminate certain things that aren’t improving the quality of your life. Omit anything that is causing you stress and frustration. Jot down your answers and explore ALL solutions.
Make a commitment right now to improve your life. Focus on feeling better emotionally. Sprinkle in a large dose of self-love and laughter, nutritious food, a bit of physical exercise, and you’re on your way to a happier, healthier self and better life. Once you do, your spirit, mind and body will reward you for carving out some “me” time, and the universe will reward you with better health and vitality, guaranteed!