Self care is extremely important. I cannot stress this enough. Self care is a need not a want. Practicing self care will prevent you from burn out, everyone deserves to take care of themselves.
During my time working full time in admin, completing my Social Work degree, working in the disability, mental health, and corrective service sector, I learnt what self care really is. I learnt about the importance, and why it’s needed to keep a healthy mindset. Not only does it prevent burn out, but it allows for more meaningful relationships, it helps you become a happier person, it can help with anxiety, anger and stress.
Self care involves self love, self acceptance, and self awareness. Which are all very important to keep a healthy mind. Self care involves taking care of your mental wellbeing, your physical wellbeing, your body, your mind and soul. And most importantly it involves putting YOU first, you are the most important person in your life, your health and wellbeing matters more than anyone and anything. No it’s not being selfish, its being human.
Self care is different for everyone, there is not a right or wrong way to practice self care. What works for someone may not work for another. Some ideas of what self care can be:
- Eating healthy and nourishing your body.
- Enjoying your hobbies.
- Having some alone time (for example, having a relaxing bath, going for a walk in nature, or even shopping by yourself.
- Treating yourself (for example, buying yourself something you have always wanted, buying a nice meal or drink).
- Listening to music.
- Spending time with friends and family.
- Watching your favourite TV show.
- Spending quality time with your pets.
- Having a skin care routine.
But remember self care goes deeper than this, it’s about knowing who you really are. It’s about finding the roots, digging deep, allowing yourself to heal from any traumas.