Why Self-Care Matters & Super Simple Ways To Treat Yourself
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You’ve probably heard the term “self-care” used a lot lately. It’s become a popular buzzword in the media and in personal development circles. However, you still may be unclear on what it means. While the concept does involve taking care of yourself, it actually goes much deeper. Read on to learn what self-care is, why it matters and how to get started doing it.
Self-care covers a lot of areas with regard to caring for yourself. It involves nurturing your body, mind and spirit. It focuses on building yourself up so that your internal resources don’t become depleted. Essentially, self-care is being as good to yourself as you would be to someone you care about. It requires you to show yourself some compassion and encourages you to be vulnerable with others, asking for help you when you need it. What doesn’t fall under the umbrella of self-care are self-destructive coping mechanisms such as using drugs, drinking, gambling or retail therapy. These things only make you feel good in the short-term.
The Benefits of Self-Care
There are lots of benefits to practicing self-care. Embracing this concept can be difficult for those who’ve always placed emphasis on the welfare of others. However, giving all your energy to those around you without filling your own back up leaves you depleted and empty. That’s no way to live. Instead, spending time and effort on yourself rejuvenates and energizes you. Taking time to indulge in your own interests demonstrates your worth, leading to improved self-esteem and a more positive outlook on the world. It teaches you a lot about yourself and provides you with insight into what you need to be the best version of yourself. Self-care helps you better cope with stress and to prioritize what’s important to you. You’ll be better able to take care of others when you also take time to meet your own needs.
Examples of Self-Care
There are countless ways to add self-care into your routine. The key is to choose activities that are most enjoyable to you and provide you with the most benefits. I'm going to list some below that are my favourite go-to me treats when I need to tune out and unwind. These are both affordable and good for you (no, donuts are not self care - even though they make you feel better in the moment - your body will not thank you in the long run!) So these are healthy and good for you treats that are simple but will leave you feeling on top of the world.
1. Fresh air is good for you
Going for a walk in nature is great for those who enjoy the outdoors. Other forms of exercise like yoga, dance, running or going to the gym work well, too. If you're running or jogging on a daily basis you're going to do more harm than good if you don't have the correct supportive shoes specifically for running.
The Nike Air Max Torch is by far one of their most popular running shoes. Get yours here and feel the difference immediately with having the support you need for running. Don't forget a device like the beautifully feminine rose gold Fitbit Versa 2 which will track your progress or the cheaper Samsung Galaxy which gives us all the luxe feels, seriously you're not going to want to take that beauty off. Add a high impact supportive sports bra like the best selling Syrokan sports bra (believe me I have tried the rest) and you are all set for a daily run that will be the most rewarding 30 minutes of your day.
2. Say no
Spending time with friends can be rejuvenating, but so can saying no. Allowing yourself to decline invitations or favors when you’re feeling run-down is a big part of caring for yourself. Now what are you going to do with that extra time? Settle down in front of Netflix? Well, might we suggest some reading a Self Care best seller or a month by month Self Care Guide which really is a treat and the ultimate self care to relax your mind. On the subject of positive reads, the beautifully packaged Knock Knock Affirmation Cards or the equally gorgeous Lamare Affirmation Cards are guaranteed to boost your confidence and self esteem.
3. At Home Spa
Treating yourself to a favorite, affordable at-home indulgence like a facial, bodyscrub or hair treatment are all good examples of decadent treats we can all afford. As is taking a bath or meditating. Invest in some good quality at home spa products such as the yummy Bunny James Vegan Spa Pack - a beautiful gift but even better to keep yourself and the best thing? It's cruelty free which is why I love the Bunny James range. Really make the moment count by adding a beautifully scented chakra-healing candle to ease any stresses and perhaps some soothing sounds to create an authentic spa vibe and help you unwind and feel pampered.
Another great gift to yourself and a way to upgrade your beauty routine is an automatic toothbrush like the fabulous Bruush range to get your teeth feeling sparkling clean and give you extra confidence. These are the type of guilt free gifts that is it worth investing in and just a few of the ways you can easily incorporate self-care into your life.
4. Early Bird
I have found lately that working from home makes it easier to rise early and enjoy the simple alone time of watching the sunrise while I enjoy my morning cuppa. Such stillness and alone time allows you space to collect your thoughts and meditate on the day ahead. Did you know that meditation cushions are the latest must have for really benefitting from that precious meditation time?
A perfect gift for a friend who loves yoga or meditation, the florensi meditation cushion is by far the most popular and is made of high quality, made-to-last materials with the best buckwheat hulls so the cushion will not flatten overtime and will stays comfortable and supportive for years to come. I've started using mine during my morning mediation but it can be simply used as a lovely comfy floor pillow or on a chair. Perfect as a meditation seat or meditation floor cushion for a peaceful and relaxing meditation.
5. The Good Stuff
We all know to keep ourselves in tip top shape we need to be looking after ourselves by taking a good quality daily vitamin and mineral supplement. The range out there can be quite overwhelming and some brands can have a few nasties of 'filler' in them which is only going to add stress to our body to process them. This why I love the vitamin range by Hello Bello which is a plant based, Vegan, Organic and non GMO vitamin range for women. You can't bottle good hearth but their vitamin products come pretty close. I have been taking them for the past year since reading about the nasties in other brands and honestly with free shipping delivering their vitamin bundle to your home, this is a no brainer and I recommend them to anyone.
Now you know what self-care is and what it’s important. You’ve also got some ideas of how to get started, so you’re well on your way to adding this essential practice to your life so it will soon become a habit.