Learn How to Take Better Care Of Yourself With Self-Care
By: Sarah Fader
Updated January 25, 2021
Medically Reviewed By: Aaron Horn
Self-care is an essential form of wellness that everyone needs to partake in at some point to feel complete as human beings, involving both the mind and body. Research shows that self-care can prolong our lives. If you take care of yourself, you will feel better mentally and physically in the long term. Part of self-care involves reducing stress; another might be managing how much time you spend on social media or taking care of your physical health. When you engage in regular self-care, it will lift your mood and have a huge effect on how you feel physically and emotionally. It’s good for your health and your immune system. Taking care of yourself also lowers your stress level and can improve your blood pressure. You may not feel like you have the time or energy to engage in practicing self-care. But, it’s crucial to do so in whatever way you can. Here are some ways you can take better care of yourself using self-care.
What’s Stopping You?
Before you can start taking care of yourself, you need to see if anything is stopping you. Maybe you’re the type of person who makes excuses not to engage in self-care. Perhaps you think that doing things for you is selfish. You could be a workaholic and consider self-care to be indulgent. These are all barriers that will prevent you from nurturing your mind and body. It’s time to check in with yourself and decide that you deserve to be loved and cared for. And who better to love you than you? One of the reasons you may shy away from self-care is that you are afraid to be alone with your thoughts and feelings. Ironically that is another reason that you should engage in self-care. You’ll be better able to be with yourself once you understand who you are.
Learn To Be Alone With Yourself And Like It
One of the best benefits of self-care is that it allows you to spend time learning about yourself. Whatever activities you engage in when you are caring for yourself will bring you insight into your emotions. Whether you’re meditating, taking yourself out to dinner, composing a story, we’re going for a walk; these are times where you will learn about yourself. You might be surprised by what you find. Sometimes people avoid spending time by themselves because they don’t wanna face deep painful emotions. But once you look at those feelings, you will begin to know yourself better, and it will improve your relationships. Journaling could be an excellent form of self-care, and it can show you how you’re feeling.
Journaling For Self-Care
People underestimate the importance of the written word. Keeping a journal is a great way to care for oneself. It doesn’t have to be a day-to-day account of what’s happening in your life. Self-care is about understanding what your boundaries are and how you feel about things. And a journal is the perfect place to keep track of these emotions. When you’re feeling anxious, you can write down those emotions in your journal. Your journal doesn’t judge you. These pages are here for you to express your innermost thoughts and feelings in and they are precious. You can go online or to a store and find a blank notebook that makes you want to write in it. Your journal should be visually appealing to you. It can have a pretty cover. You might want to decorate a plain notebook with stickers or decals that represent you. If you’re an artistic person, having a journal to draw and write your feelings can help. Maybe you want something that doesn’t have lines, so you have the flexibility to express yourself. If you’re nervous about starting a journey to self-care, try beginning with keeping a journal and see what thoughts and feelings you find inside of you.
Start A Self Care Routine
You may not be well versed in self-care, and that’s okay. You don’t need to be an expert on the topic. You’re going to learn as you go. That’s why you can try starting a self-care routine. When you do something that nurtures yourself each day, it will make you feel better. That can include taking a lunch break where you don’t look at any of your work, a pair of cozy slippers, or spending time outside. Maybe you go for a run once a week. If you take care of yourself and you do it in a way in which it is routinized, it is easier to practice self-care. Take a moment and think about things that make you feel whole. Then, after that, make a list.
Make A List
Make a list of small, self-care tasks. It’s time to take out a pencil and paper or your smartphone and make a list of ways to reduce stress in your life. You are in charge of your self-care plan! Whether it involves physical activity, taking a friend out for coffee, relaxing with a cup of tea, or taking a bubble bath, you get to decide which things make you feel cared for. Write down a list of at least ten activities that make you feel good about yourself. It’s easy to put yourself on the back burner, but it doesn’t benefit you to do that. Research shows that people who take care of themselves have better mental and physical states. So, write a list of these ten things. Once you’re done, take a look at the activities and see which of them you can do each day. You can circle those and incorporate them into your calendar. One of the best ways to keep track of self-care is to note what you can do regularly. You can do some things to benefit your physical health each day, and there are others that we can do on a more seldom basis to reduce stress. Having a list can benefit you by being an encouraging reminder, for organization purposes, for dreaming, and discovering. Making a list can assist you with the task of caring for yourself.
One of the best ways to engage in self-care is to have the mindset that you are worth loving. People who neglect themselves have deep insecurities and feel as if they don’t deserve self-care. Neglect comes in many forms, such as over-working, substance abuse, or lack of caring for your mental health issues. Your mental wellness matters. The reality is that self-care will make you feel good, and you will start to love yourself more. If you are having issues with self-care, you can always discuss those in a therapeutic setting. A licensed therapist can talk about the health benefits of self-care and help you learn to reduce stress. You don’t need to feel guilty for taking care of yourself. In fact, it can have a huge effect on many areas of your life. It’s crucial to assess if there are any roadblocks to self-care and talk about those in therapy.
Reward Yourself With Self-Care
Life certainly isn’t easy. And care is a welcome distraction from all our responsibilities that we need to do in our life. It’s worth noting that taking care of yourself can make the responsibilities you have in life easier to accomplish. Life isn’t just about responsibilities. It has good times and challenging ones. Think of self-care as emotional gas that you put in your gas tank. Your body and mind cannot keep going without mental fuel. You need to replenish yourself by taking care of yourself. The great thing about self-care is you get to choose the rewards. You can decide whether you would like to get a manicure and pedicure to take care of yourself. Perhaps part of your self-care is taking a trip with a good friend.
Online Therapy And Self Care
There are so many benefits to self-care, including improving physical health and helping the mind and body. Reducing stress can contribute to good physical health and mental wellness. People with depression struggle with self-care and often have trouble with excessive weight loss or weight gain. They struggle with feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness. It’s crucial to seek therapy if you’re suffering from depression. Online therapy is an ideal place to discuss issues surrounding self-care. Research shows that therapy can help improve mental health. One of the reasons for that is you learn to take care of yourself in therapy. Sometimes it’s hard to engage in self-care when you don’t think you’re worth it. You may suffer from low self-esteem and not believe you deserve to be nurtured. Just by seeing a therapist, you will be able to feel like you’re doing something kind for you. You can discuss any barriers you’re having with self-care and work through them in the privacy of your home. When you engage in regular therapy sessions, your counselor will help you strategize ways to take care of yourself. Think of your online counselor as an expert in the subject of self-care. They’re your go-to person to ask about. The therapists at BetterHelp understand the value of self-care. They can recommend a good book for you to read on the topic of self-care. Your mental health is part of a good self-care routine, and you should make sure that you do what’s best for you so that you can feel mentally and physically well.
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