Why Self-Care Matters & Super Simple Ways To Treat Yourself

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.

About Self-Care

Self-care covers a whole lot of ground. It involves nurturing your body, mind and spirit. It focuses on building yourself up and raising your vibration so that your internal resources don't become depleted. Essentially, self-care is all about being as good to yourself as you would be to someone very special to you. It requires that you show yourself some compassion and it encourages you to be vulnerable with others. This means asking for help when you need it. What doesn't classify as self-care? Any self-destructive coping mechanisms like using drugs, drinking, gambling, compulsive shopping, or not eating healthy. These things might trick you into thinking they feel good, but it's only short-term (if at all!). 

The Benefits of Self-Care

There are so many benefits to practicing self-care! It might seem hard to embrace the idea if you've always placed emphasis on the welfare of others at your own expense. However, giving all your energy to those around you without replenishing your own energy stores leaves you depleted and feeling empty. That's no way to live. When you spend time and effort on yourself, you feel rejuvenated and energized. 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 can teach you a lot about yourself and it can provide 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 take the 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 you enjoy the most and that provide you with the biggest benefits. Going for a walk in nature is great for those who enjoy the outdoors. Other forms of exercise like yoga, running, going to the gym, or dancing work well, too. Spending time with friends can perk you right up and sometimes, saying no can be best. Remember that allowing yourself to decline invitations or favors when you're feeling run-down is a big part of caring for yourself. Treating yourself to a favorite, affordable indulgence, like a movie, manicure, or some food treat are all good examples as well as a bath or meditation. These are just a few of the ways you can easily bring some self-care into your life. 

This is just the beginning and a way to get started. Start with one or two of these suggestions, or come up with ones that fit right in with your life and you'll be well on your way to adding this useful practice into your life. 

Take care of yourself, 

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Barbara L Cummings, MS, RN

is a sassy Queen-ager, mentor, confidante and trusted guide who provides people with life support. 

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