What is Self-Care?

Self-care is the key to living a balanced life. Although it’s a simple concept, in theory, we sometimes overlook it. Most people when asked will say that they do practice self-care. However, when we dive a little deeper and explore how they practice it that’s where the tricky part begins.

Practicing self-care is never easy as we live busy lives and are usually consumed with work, the needs of others, and being consumed by technology.

Self-care is an activity that we deliberately participate in to take care of ourselves. Practicing good self-care is the key to reducing anxiety and improving one’s mood. Many of us feel guilty or selfish for taking this time to ourselves. Self-care isn’t a selfish act. To be at our best for others, we need to look after ourselves first. It’s like what the air hostess says at beginning of each flight “you need to put your own oxygen mask on first”. It’s the same with self-care if we don’t look after ourselves first we won’t be able to be fully there for friends, family, children, a spouse, and work.

There are many things that we can do to engage in self-care. When starting off it’s important to stick to the basics. You will find your own routine once you adjust to it. Everyone’s idea of self-care will be different as we don’t always have the same interests. Some people like to meet up with friends, go for a walk, or set aside time to unwind. It’s also really important to schedule a specific time to practice self-care.

Self-care activities ideas:

  • Spend time with loved ones/friends
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Exercise/go for a walk
  • Cook your favourite dinner
  • Watch your favourite movie
  • Listen to music that boosts your mood
  • Have a pamper evening
  • Get enough sleep
  • Watch something that makes you laugh
  • Read a book

The above are only a small number of self-care activities that you can try. Have a think about what you enjoy the most and make a list of it on your phone. Whenever you decide to practice self-care you can look at this list and pick two activities to engage in. This way it makes it easier to keep track of what you enjoy doing.

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