When we’re younger, we’re often told and conditioned to put the needs of others before our own. But this stern type of thinking can lead to a lot of issues as we grow older and face the many hurdles that come along with adulthood. Learning how to take proper care of ourselves can be a serious challenge as we get caught up in the hectic pace of juggling both our career and personal life. That’s why it’s important to step back and take time to focus on our own health and wellbeing. In fact, it’s the only way we can generate the energy and ability to take care of others. If you’ve been placing your own needs on the back burner for a while, here are a few good reasons why self-care is the best care, and why you need to start putting yourself first today.
First, What Does Self-Care Really Mean?
You’ve likely heard the term “self-care” before, but you may not fully understand it. First of all, self-care is not a selfish act. Although it can feel that way, it’s important to understand that it’s a necessity for maintaining your physical, mental and emotional health. It means carving out time for doing things that help you de-stress, unwind and bring you joy, such as hanging out with friends, enjoying some R&R, exercising or lounging with a good book.
Reasons to Practice Self-Care:
Life can get very busy, and taking time out to soak in the bath, read a book or even go out with friends may seem more like an unrealistic dream that you just don’t have time for. But what many people don’t realize is that it’s a crucial part of being able to keep up with life. Without it, burnout mode can quickly set in when you push too hard, too fast. Self-care helps you avoid this.
Chronic stress is called the silent killer for a reason – it’s linked to a slew of health problems and can easily break down your mind and body over time. Making yourself a priority gives you reprieve, calms your mind and helps you learn how to manage stress in a healthy manner so you can function at your best.
Improves Your Relationship with Yourself and with Others
Self-love and care are essential for improving confidence and self-esteem, boosting positive feelings, and learning about your own boundaries and needs. Ultimately, this improves the relationship that you have with yourself and with others.
How to Get Started:
First, you need to understand that self-care should be as much of a priority as your visit to the dentist. Second, actively plan for it by choosing certain activities that you enjoy which will help you relax, unwind and make you feel happy. Then add them into your calendar. Rinse and repeat each week!If you’re in need of professional support and guidance, give us a call to set up an appointment at Ottawa Counselling. We offer a holistic approach to counselling and are here whenever you need someone to listen.