Self-care is care provided “for you, by you.” It’s about identifying your own needs and taking steps to meet them.
Adult life can be a little over-whelming to say the least.
I think it’s fair to say the majority of us all have jam-packed non-stop schedules, day-in-day-out.
Our routines are unique, but everyone has their own battles and challenges that they face daily.
With this in mind we can all, in some way, put self-care on the back burner.
I mean sometimes, doing what we feel like doing, not what we feel we need to do.
Sometimes life can run away with us, and we forget to cater for our needs.
From trying to be a super parent, running a house, leading a healthier lifestyle, climbing up the professional ladder, or whatever we may be striving to achieve.
It can be a bit daunting and hard to actually say:
I need time out. I need a break.
To action these thoughts, can be tough, we don’t feel we have the time.
We are always busy.
If we finally do cave, as we can all reach a breaking point, and we take said break, we can feel guilty, selfish and lazy.
We may feel like we have wasted this time?
We can beat ourselves up!
But sometimes we all need to stop what we are doing, and do what we feel like.
To take time to listen, study, and take note of our mood and feelings, and take them seriously.
Taking care of ourselves mentally, physically and emotionally is integral to our overall well-being.
It can be little things, daily. Taking time out for a cuppa, in the garden. Having a pamper. Ditching the dishes to meet up with friends.
To binge watching Netflix, curling up with a book, eating a mound of chips, leaving the housework and going out for the day. Cancelling plans, so you can take some time-out alone.
Whatever it may be.
If we feel we need to take a step back from certain things in our life, or do certain things to nurture our well-being, then we should.
Whilst it isn’t realistic nor healthy to think screw it, every damn day, and abandon our responsibilities.
We shouldn’t feel bad or resist taking mini-breaks, and time-out from things in life now and again.
We deserve them, we have earned them, and more importantly we need them.