What is self-care ?

What is self-care ?

Self-care does not mean being selfish. Self-care is not just about pamper nights, but for many, including myself, I find a nice bath helps me take time out. For others it could be walking, a sport or art – there is no right or wrong. So what does real self-care look like?

After getting a really bad ear infection at the beginning of the year I decided enough was enough and started to look into how I could manage my own self-care better. Prior to this I was so focused on looking after everyone else I think I forgot about myself.

Based on the research I found on self-care here’s what the experts recommend:

Get enough sleep

Be active, exercise

Eat healthy foods

Meditate

Be kind to yourself

Do the hard things-

Like getting into a good morning routine and doing a workout even though it’s the last thing you feel like. Prioritising your sleep and eating healthy.

Sometimes I don’t get to do all of these things. I may not get enough sleep or my heathy eating regime takes a back seat despite my best efforts but I’m learning what works best for me.

I’m learning it’s important that I exercise and take time out even once a week just to recharge. I’m learning I’m human – it’s ok to need a break and it’s also ok to take time for myself.

Moments alone help me to ponder the best ways to move forward in my life and keep me grounded. Which gives me the power to change my outlook on life.

We’d love to know how you manage your self-care ? You can comment below or share your thoughts on our forum.

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