Make Time for Self-Care

We hear these words all the time: “I just don’t have the time”, “There are so many
things I need to do”, “My kids take up all of my free time”. In this busy world it can be
so difficult to slow down and relax! There is always something that needs our attention
whether it be work, kids, family or friends. Rarely do we make time for solitude and for
taking care of ourselves. Thomas Moore, the author of Care of the Soul, says it best,
“We seem to have a complex about busyness in our culture. Most of us do have time in
our days that we could devote to simple relaxation, but we convince ourselves that
we don’t.”
Now you may be wondering why you need to take time for yourself, especially if you
sincerely love helping others or love your work. It may even feel uncomfortable or
selfish of you to make time to pamper yourself. If you think back on the times when you
did practice self care however, you might realize how it helps improve your mood,
prevents burnout and helps manage stress and anxiety. Some other benefits to
practicing self care include: better productivity, stronger immune system, enhanced
self esteem and self knowledge, provides long term feelings of well being and more to
give to others.
Knowing all the benefits of self-care, we will now describe the various ways we can
implement it into our lives. Doing any of these even just 10 minutes per day can have
huge improvements on your overall health and well being!
– Take a hot bath – Get a massage
– Paint your nails – Get a facial or do one at home
– Go for a walk in nature – Cook your favourite meal
– Read a book – Cuddle up in a soft blanket
– Listen and sing along to music – Practice meditation or mindfulness
– Light a candle with a relaxing scent – Enjoy some fresh air
– Keep a daily journal – Dance
– Be creative through art, music or writing – Do yoga
– Take photos of things that inspire you – Take a nap
– Make a list of things you are grateful for – Turn off your phone or TV
– Laugh at old memories or funny videos – Sit out in the sun ( with sun screen )

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