These days it seems like life is on hyper speed. We have deadlines to meet, a calendar that just won’t quit, friends to catch up with, and a to-do list that just won’t end. When it comes to keeping up with our own lives – the tendency is to drop the ball on ourselves. We forget to eat, we survive on less hours of sleep, and eventually just put off taking care of ourselves until we are driven to the edge.
But the truth is, in order to give the best of who we are to the ones we love and what we do for a living – we must be in tune with who we are. We can only achieve this when we are truly kind to ourselves. One of the best ways to be kind to ourselves is by practicing self-care. There are many reasons why practicing self-care is important and here are some of them.
Self- care boosts our self-esteem.
Maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself proves to boost self-confidence. Caring for yourself as you would a friend allows you to tell yourself that you are valuable and important. Understanding your needs and meeting them promotes positive associations with yourself and we all know that if you have inner peace and happiness, the better you can relate to the world.
We function best when our minds are at peace, when we are well-rested, and when we are calm. Sometimes life gets so hectic that we do not sit down and ask ourselves what we are truly feeling or how we are doing.
Rest allows us to have better output.
We were raised in the culture that does not quit but the long-term effect of constantly being on the edge is not healthy. Allowing yourself to rest even during a busy work day by taking breaks or a walk and sleeping well every night prevents you from being exhausted that eventually leads to lesser productivity.
While stress is unavoidable, self-care allows you to manage your stress better. Understanding which healthy coping mechanisms work for you will immensely help in dealing with stress. Smart self-care habits will also aid in helping you manage stress to the point that it no longer intimidates you or disrupts you.
It makes us more mindful.
A huge part of self-care is asking ourselves how we are, how we feel about the pace and direction of our lives, and if there is anything that we would like to change to create a more stable life that is safe for you.
It also allows us to see what areas have been too much and if we need to ask for a hand in understanding our emotions and what we are going through. It helps to talk to a friend or a mentor when life becomes too much to handle – that is also part of self-care.
Self-care does not need to be extravagant. In fact, there are many ways to practice self-care without spending a lot. Most people say outdoor activities or simply being with nature contributes a lot to self-care. Just make sure to take the time to do what makes you happy and this will go a long way.