Self-care for Wellbeing
‘Give yourself the same care and attention you give others and watch yourself bloom’ Anon. How often do you allocate time for yourself, do things that you want to do, things that make you feel good and things that keep you healthy and happy. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, self-care is ‘the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health and taking an active role in protecting one’s own wellbeing and happiness’.
We live in an incredibly fast paced and highly stressed world and therefore self-care often takes a back seat to other perceived priorities.
Why is self-care so vital
Giving yourself time for you to do exactly what you want and what you need, has huge benefits on both your physical and mental health. Focusing on your sleep, rest, exercise and nutrition by making time for relaxing activities, taking time to choose healthy ingredients to then cook with, switching off from digital influences and doing some form of active movement that you enjoy will all benefit your physical health and wellbeing.
Doing activities that de-stress you and give you a break from day to day worries gives you an opportunity to rest and clear your mind. When you feel rested and rejuvenated you can think clearer and manage mental health conditions more effectively such as anxiety and
Practicing self-care, which can also involve spending time with your loved ones, will improve your relationships. The happier and healthier you feel the more you can share your strength and love with others.
Give yourself permission to pause
We have to be the ones to protect ourselves, don’t let it be said that anyone else will do it for you. Yes loved ones will have your back but we are the only ones who can take our steps each day, we are the only ones who can speak our words and the only ones who can control what journey we take.
We often blame time or lack of, for why we cannot fulfil our need for self-care. It’s vital to allocate the time and this can be done by prioritising self-care above other commitments. Even if you take just ten minutes to yourself each day you will feel the benefit. Give yourself permission to pause, when it is convenient for you and when you need it.
Be empowered by the word No
It’s ok to say no to things. One of the simplest ways to maintain our wellbeing is to simply say no. We are all guilty of packing in so much, by agreeing to one thing after another we end up juggling many balls and ultimately overwhelming ourselves and causing ourselves stress. Consider what you agree to carefully, what impact will it have on your day, do you really need to be doing it and what benefit will it have to you. Perhaps you can say no and free up some much needed time for self-care.
The magic of self-care
You have a responsibility to yourself to be healthy and happy. Setting aside time for self- care will ensure that you stay connected with yourself, your emotions, physical and mental health. It will help you manage stress and overwhelm, give you more energy, build self- esteem, confidence and resilience. Self-care is about looking after your body, mind and soul, often ignored but absolutely necessary. Remember ‘self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you’ Katie Reed.
Helena Field, Founder, Action Wellbeing