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What is Self-Care and Why is it Important?

What is self-care

What is Self-Care and Why is it Important?

The topic of self-care is raised regularly, especially during the Coronavirus pandemic, but what does the term ‘self-care’ actually mean, and why is it important?

We answer those questions below, and offer some ideas about how to incorporate some self-care into your routine.

What is Self-Care?

Self-care refers to a conscious act one takes to promote their own health and wellbeing.

Types of Self-Care

Did you know there are eight (8) different areas of self-care?

These include:

  1. Physical – refers to moving your body, eating nourishing foods and getting adequate sleep.
  2. Psychological – refers to learning new things and keeping your mind sharp, i.e. reading a book or completing a crossword puzzle
  3. Emotional – refers to acknowledging and dealing with your feelings and emotions in a healthy way
  4. Social – refers to having a supportive group of people around you and setting time aside to build on those relationships
  5. Professional – refers to having professional boundaries and a work-life balance
  6. Environmental – refers to having an organised and clutter-free home and work space
  7. Spiritual – refers to any rituals or practices you do to further your connection with your higher self. This could include meditation or praying, if you are religious
  8. Financial – refers to being financially responsible and conscious about your income and expenditure

Why is Self-Care Important?

Research shows that practicing self-care regularly has many positive health outcomes, such as:

  • Produces positive feelings such as improved mood and increased happiness
  • Boosts self-confidence
  • Helps you become better equipped to manage stress
  • Reduces levels of anxiety and depression
  • Improves energy
  • Fosters resilience
  • Sharpens focus
  • Aids in sleep
  • Increases efficiency during the work week

Here are Some Ways to Practice Self-Care this Weekend

  • Getting a manicure / pedicure
  • Applying a hair and face mask
  • Watch your favourite Netflix show or movie
  • Take a bath
  • Deep breathing
  • Keeping journal
  • Go for a short walk to your local park
  • Call or face time a friend
  • Roll out your mat and have a good stretch
  • Light a few candles around the house
  • Put your favourite music on blast
  • Try cooking a new recipe
  • Attend to your garden if you enjoy gardening
  • Read a book
  • Try learning about a new hobby, for example, making a candle or knitting
  • Bring out the board games and play it with the family
  • Listen to a podcast
  • Clean the house (this can sometimes be therapeutic)
  • Exercising (finding an activity you love e.g. swimming, playing sports, walking etc.)
  • Seek out professional support (therapist, social worker, psychologist) through EAP or your GP

What are you doing today to practice self- care?

Share with us by leaving a comment below.

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