Self care is not selfish. Self care is essential for overall well being physically and mentally. Everyone should take time each day to take care of themselves.
Self care looks different for each of us. For some it is quiet time in the morning, for others it is meditation or yoga. It could be treating yourself to a massage or a pedicure. Some people take a nap, maybe read a book. You could even play hookey and stay home from work. Sometimes it is simply saying “no” to others who want to add more to your plate.
There are times that I neglect my self care, like everyone does. When I find myself feeling overly tired when I shouldn’t or I become iritable I stop and reflect on what I am doing to take care of myself. It is very easy in today’s society to neglect ourselves because we get so wrapped up in taking care of others and the hustle and bustle of life.
When I find myself in this situation, I pause and make time for me. A long, hot shower, going to bed early so I can read, taking a walk, loving on my puppy, or just sitting quietly and I am able to refocus and I feel better.
The first step to self care is identifying the different ways it looks for you.
When we take care of ourselves our immune system is naturally stonger. This wil cut down on getting sick by not being suseptible to germs, viruses, or diseases.
In the posts below, I talk about the importance of self care and a method using journaling. I also talk about a virus outbreak and how to protect yourself from getting sick. Self care is not selfish!
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