The term ‘self-care’ is widely used, heard a lot and in danger of becoming an overused term.
Often confused with being selfish, self-care is actually taking action to consciously look after you. And this is so important, particularly during these complicated and uncertain times.
Self-care is crucial to your wellbeing, mental health and basic survival; as the saying goes, ‘you can’t pour from and empty cup.’
Being kind to yourself and making time to nourish your mind, body and spirit isn’t easy when living a full-on family life.
The truth is you are allowed to slow down, you are allowed to take breaks from your never ending to do lists and ongoing jobs, you can slow down and take time out.
By taking care of yourself you nourish yourself from within, which enables you to take on everything else that out there.
Self-care comes in many forms but the base line is that we are taking responsibility to actively look after all the different bits of ourselves.
What is self-care?
- It is the actions we take as individuals to set healthy boundaries, know our own limits, and make time for fun, rest and exercise everyday.
- It’s the actions we take to eat well, making time for rest, recuperation, with a regular healthy sleep routine.
- It’s the actions we take to nurture our spiritual self with gratitude, yoga meditation/prayer.
- It’s about spending time and making connections with like-minded people.
- It’s the relief we experience when we express the way we really feel with a trusted person in a safe space.
- It’s about how we get to know ourselves and grow a bit more every day with kindness, self-acceptance and compassion.
Investing time in yourself looks different to everyone but it shares the same fundamental message and that is that you value and care for yourself.
As parents we are the greatest role models of mental health and emotional wellness that our children have.
They take the lead from us as we lead by our example. By showing them how you care, value and look after yourself you will allow them to do the same too.
When we feel better balanced and grounded at our core we feel happier.
When we feel happier those around us are happier too.
What’s not to love?