In case anyone hasn’t told you lately – you matter. You matter to the people around you, and you matter to yourself. And, taking care of yourself doesn’t have to completely revolutionize your whole life. It can be small things that make you feel great. It bridges between self-care, health, and wellness.
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But why do so many of us fail when it comes to our self-care? Because finding time to drink water, sleep well, jog, do yoga, have a full-time job, raise a family, cook, clean, and breath is hard. And so people find themselves planning me time, on a Friday night somewhere in 7 weeks’ time.
It is important to add that self-care isn’t just a bath of a box of chocolates (unless those are the things that make you happy). It is about caring for your mind, body, and soul.
So what classes as self-care?
Well, that is the great thing about it. It isn’t a one size fits all kind of thing. Some people might love to read for hours in the evening, others like to pop on headphones and have a dance. For others, it is going through finances and taking care of that for the months ahead. It often helps to sit down and make a list of what makes you feel great – but that you don’t get to do often.
Inside Your Body
It is important that you are doing things to take care of the inside of your body, as much as it is that you care for yourself mentally, emotionally, and physically. There is much more to it than just drinking the right amount of water each day – although that is where you start. Millions of us are living with vitamin and mineral deficits. Our diets don’t always give us everything our bodies need. From a lack of vitamin C, D, B12, and that’s just the start of it. Well, all need to take better care of our gut, brain, and skin too. You might need a feminine probiotic, a daily multivitamin, and a top-up of Vitamin C and D also.
This is typically the doing part. Finding things you love and doing them on a regular basis. Something creative is something we could all benefit from. The act of being creative typically relaxes us and highers our happiness hormones while working to hammer down our stress levels. Which is a win in anyone’s book. Trying to get a walk or some fresh air every day might seem like an impossible task, but ever a simple stroll around the block or to the local shop is better than nothing at all. If you can manage it, a walk once a week in the woods or somewhere green is going to make a huge difference to you mentally too. Green therapy is something many doctors will recommend – the benefit doubles when you add in a walk by the water. The blue effect we get from water acts to relax us too. Both are perfect additions to your weekly life.