I know we always hear that we should have good self-esteem and love ourselves. But, have we ever heard falling in love with ourselves with self-care. I feel like self care goes hand in hand with loving yourself. When you are focused on yourself in a healthy manner you tend to make better decisions, love who you are and have better self-esteem. I have realized over the years that I love myself but don't do as much self-care as I think I do.
For example, I rarely take off work and go on vacations to clear my mind, I don't visited the museums often as I should, and my journal hasn't seen me in so long. I know you're reading this and thinking, "Oh maybe, you were tired, or lazy, or just forgot." The truth is... I shouldn't be lazy when it comes to taking care of myself because at the end of the day I only have one body, mind and soul. I need to take care of every part of myself. Proper self-care is needed to function everyday.
When I was in my masters program for counseling, my teachers kept emphasizing the topic about self care not only for clients but for therapists because you can't help someone else when you aren't taking care of yourself -- which goes into my topic for today. Self-care is so important because of the main elements of self-care: physical state, emotional state, spiritual aspect, personal care, and professional commitments.
According to the School of Social Work at University of Buffalo, "Self-care refers to activities and practices that we can engage in on a regular basis to reduce stress and maintain and enhance our short- and longer-term health and well-being. Self-care is necessary for your effectiveness and success in honoring your professional and personal commitments."
I know it is something that you love to do, eat, or wear. Why not do everything that you love? Go to museums more often. Eat a slice of cake every Friday. Spend one hour at the gym. Wear mascara everyday. Do something that contributes to your happiness and lowering your stress. Self-care can include actions as well as thoughts. You can spend every morning doing meditation or saying affirmations. From healthy eating to mindfulness to relaxation to reducing stress can all contribute to having a balance of self-care.
It is important for you to have great self-care, it can make all the difference in the world to a better you. Knowing that I need to take care of my mind, body and soul can help me have better self care. But, I think we should all have this philosophy. The more we love ourselves, do things that make us happy, self-reflect and fall in love with who we are....the better off we will be. Be good to yourself.
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