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The Importance of Self-Care!

Updated on November 9, 2019
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Living in a fast-paced society means many of us are so busy working long hours to survive, caring for the families, having a social life, and so much more. Amidst so much going on in our lives, we forget to take care of ourselves
Living in a fast-paced society means many of us are so busy working long hours to survive, caring for the families, having a social life, and so much more. Amidst so much going on in our lives, we forget to take care of ourselves

Some of us are so busy worrying about others that we forget to take care of ourselves. Don't forget about yourself, it's important you take time out to care for yourself before something unexpected happens to you.

It's easy to forget to take care of yourself when you're busy doing a lot of other things. But bear in mind, the importance of self-care and make sure you take the time to put self-care in your daily routine.

When we're involved in a lot of things that bring about stress, self-care is usually the first thing overlooked. Self-care goes a long way in handling the stress level and releasing the tension, the worry a heavy workload can place in your life. Some of us give so much of ourselves to others that we are overextended, burnout and believe that caring for ourselves is not self-indulgent.

Too many of us are dealing with heavy stress when we don't have to. The number one priority is to take the time to pay much attention to your body, mind, and soul, and then let that convey to others that you value yourself.

Why do some of us fail at self-care? Most of us are insanely busy, trying to live an overly stressful life and too consumed with putting others first that we don't take the time to practice self-care.

And to make matters worse, most of us find ourselves feeling really guilty about even thinking about taking the time needed to show ourselves self-care, so finding the time is usually last on the agenda.

How do you stop feeling guilty and find interest in Self-Care? Learning to stop feeling guilty for putting yourself first will not be an easy task. What you will need to do first is to learn how to love yourself.

Then set up some goals to figure out ways that will contribute to your well-being and self-care strategies. Plans that will be especially helpful for you. Once you learn how to put in place a strategy for self-care, then implement it in your regular routine.

You can stop feeling guilty about putting yourself first and start living, instead of just existing. You will even have enough strength to start doing new things like taking up a new hobby or learning a new task that can make your life more purposeful.

Something that will give you a new reason to want to get up in the morning. This new profound self-care routine will be something, you will not only use it for one day but will also use it on each and every day.

Three Primary Benefits of Self-Care

1. Self-care betters your physical health. When you take the time to take care of yourself, it brings about less stress and provides you with a better immune system. The type that comes with no upset stomach, lesser colds and fewer cases of the flu. It can surely assist you with more energy to feel more physically able to take care of yourself inside and out.

2. Self-care improves your self-esteem. When it comes to your self-worth, self-esteem is all about how you feel about yourself, so, it's essential to take the necessary steps to ensure you feel better about yourself. The best way to improve your self-esteem rests in changing the way you treat yourself and adjusting to the way you think.

3. Self-care betters your productivity. When you learn how to put yourself first and say “no” to things that are taken away from you, stress you out and over-extend you. You can learn how to better your productivity and start making time for things that matter the most.

When you practice self-care, it not only allows you to help yourself but it makes room so you can help others as well.

Knowing the benefit of self-care and taking the time to choose to care for yourself will bring about a routine that will help you understand the specific changes you need to make. Just in case you still don't quite understand self-care, it is an all-inclusive term that includes just about anything you choose to do to be good to yourself.

Practicing Self-Care is Important: Five Easy Habits to Get You Started
It's very easy to place yourself on the back burner because it demands so much of your attention.

What you need to realize is that it's important to make sure you take good care of yourself, especially if you have work-related stress that drains you out every day. Don't take the precautions only when you get sick, practicing self-care should be done on a regular basis. It isn't always easy, but it’s important to take a break when you need it and take care of yourself.

No matter how much you desire to live a decent and prosperous life, self-care is needed to live a fulfilled life. With that being said, you shouldn’t neglect, self-care.

Five Easy Habits to Get You Started

1. Make it a point to ensure you get enough sleep each night and make it a part of your self-care routine. If you want a chance at a productive day, sleep can have a huge effect on your attitude and how your day turns out. To prevent feeling both emotionally and physically drained, put together a self-care method that involves getting to bed each night at the same time, that will ensure you get a good night’s rest. It is something that will remove stress and other distractions that wreak havoc on our sleep habit.

2. Eat healthier and make it a self-care habit: We've all heard the phrase “You are what you eat”. It's a saying that means if you want to be healthy and fit, it is important that you eat good, healthy food. The food you eat has a significant impact on your state of mind and health. What you eat will keep you in good health or it can potentially contribute to awful weight gain and unwanted diseases such as diabetes.

“Self-care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.” – Parker Palmer

3. Put yourself first by saying no to others, when you need to take care of yourself. When you put others first, it's really hard to think of yourself first and feel obligated to say "No" when someone asks for your energy and time. I'm sure it will take a little getting used to or practice, but once you learn how to put yourself first by politely say no, you'll understand the importance of self-care.

4. Love yourself, stop harming your body with sweets, junk, and fast food, cook at home to care of yourself. Many people don’t understand the danger and the harm they are contributing to their bodies when they eat sweets, junk, and fast food. In order to love yourself, you need to consider feeding your body the right kinds of calories and nutrients. And to do that you will need to take the time to cook a healthy meal for yourself over stopping for fast food or buying a lot of sweets and junk food.

5. Stop working long hours and take a self-care break, and make it a routine. Some of us get caught up in working long hours that we forget to take the time to care for ourselves. You don't want to risk going into a stage of depression, take the time to care for yourself doing things that will reduce stress, lower your blood pressure and be more in line with self-care.

The Importance of Self-Care!

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    • Robsthe1 profile image

      Robert Walker 

      2 years ago from Atlanta, GA.

      I always enjoy your articles Pam and... DITTO!! ;-)

    • Pam Morris profile imageAUTHOR

      Pam Morris 

      2 years ago from Atlanta Georgia

      Hi, Robert, long time since I heard from you. Good to hear from you. I especially love hearing Yes! I love myself and you, Robert Thank you for stopping by.

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      Robert Walker 

      2 years ago from Atlanta, GA.

      Yes Pam, Yes!!!

    • Pam Morris profile imageAUTHOR

      Pam Morris 

      2 years ago from Atlanta Georgia

      Thank you so much, Shyron, for your reply. I am happy to know you love yourself and you are your best friend. It may sound strange, but many do not know how to love themselves. It is important to love yourself before you can love someone else.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 

      2 years ago from Texas

      Pam, interesting article and yes, I do love myself. I am my best friend.

      Blessings my friend


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