What is Self-Care and why is it important?

While there are many definitions as to what self-care is, the following is my own way of defining it:

The actions that individuals take for themselves, on behalf of and with others to develop, protect, maintain and improve their health, wellbeing or wellness.

Stress Management
Many of us have so many responsibilities in life that we forget to take care of our personal needs. With many of us now working harder than before to make ends meet, to have a career, while balancing our home, personal and social lives as well. With technology on the increase and upskilling is a constant hustle to keep up with the demand of today’s world of employment and educational needs. And while it’s hard to prioritize something like taking a bath when you have so many other items on your to-do list, self-care is an important aspect of stress management.
This is because we are all less able to handle the stresses that come our way when we’re already depleted by physical and emotional exhaustion. Or, put in a more positive way, we are more resilient and more able to handle life’s stress when we are feeling our best both physically and emotionally. A massage, soak in the tub or other forms of pampering revitalize you inside and out. Taking time out to maintain self-care has several benefits:

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Self-Care and Your Physical Health
While self-pampering doesn’t always lead to major improvements in overall health the way healthy diet and exercise do, the relaxation you get from it can trigger the relaxation response, which can prevent chronic stress from damaging your health, so in a sense, self-care is good for you inside and out.

Self-Care and Your Emotional Health
Taking time out to care for yourself can remind you and others that you and your needs are important, too.
Having a well-cared-for body can make you feel good about yourself and your life, and conveys to others that you value yourself. This can contribute to long-term feelings of wellbeing.

Self-Care Makes You a Better Caregiver
People who neglect their own needs and forget to nurture themselves are at danger of deeper levels of unhappiness, low self-esteem, and feelings of resentment.
Also, sometimes people who spend their time only taking care of others can be at risk for getting burned out on all the giving, which makes it more difficult to care for others or themselves. Taking time to care for yourself regularly can make you a better caretaker for others.

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In the next part of my Self – Care September I will be exploring the different ways we can take care of our wellbeing. If you would like to share some of your hints and tips on how better take care of our wellbeing, then please do share below or on Krystal’s Journal Facebook Page or Twitter account links below….

@KrystalsJournal

https://www.facebook.com/KrystalsJournal/#

I hope you can follow me throughout the month of September as I will be looking at ways to prioritise our Self – Care!

Krystal

5th September 2017©

One Reply to “What is Self-Care and why is it important?”

  1. This is so true, we are so busy we forget about looking after ourselves. Now that I’m caring full time for my parents I have to try hard to get some me time. I used to love a long soak in the bath, painting my nails, catching up on “The Archers” podcasts but I just don’t get time for that now. Looking after ourself isn’t selfish, it is necessary. Thank you Krystal, great points made xx

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