Who Do Self-Care Practices Benefit?

By: Sarah Fader

Updated April 29, 2021

Medically Reviewed By: Aaron Horn

Self care can help in a variety of ways including cultivating a sense of healthy living, lowering blood pressure, guarding your immune system; it can help with your overall physical health, increasing endorphin production, managing relationships, and more. When you take good care of yourself, you will notice that doing so can reduce anxiety. There are many ways you can take care of yourself. And once you do that, you’ll notice that you’ve got a hold on stress management. Research suggests that people who practice regular self care using meditation, exercise, and other means have lower stress levels and are less likely to develop heart disease When you’re feeling better on a regular basis, whether that means you are better rested, nourished, mentally clear, physically fit, content, or calm, it can help you with functioning in daily life.  Below we will discuss some good self care tips and who they benefit.

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Living a healthy life can prevent conditions such as heart disease or reduce the likelihood of other immune stressor illnesses. It’s crucial to note that physical health and self care are connected. Medically reviewed research suggests that heart disease and overworking are interconnected. Practicing it can help with the mind and body. Individuals who have mental health conditions such as bipolar disorder, depression, or chronic anxiety, can benefit from self care as a part of a holistic care regimen. Self care, in addition to improving your quality of life, can have a ripple effect on those around you. It has the potential to benefit your relationships by calming the nervous and immune systems, allowing you to be more receptive to listening to the needs of others. Self-care can help you to recharge your battery, process, rest, temporarily escape from troubling thoughts or situations, and allows you to honor the needs of your mind and body. For these reasons, self-care is an important part of a person’s daily routine. Here are the people that self-care practice benefits and how individuals can take good care of themselves:

Caretaker Burnout

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When you’re a caretaker, helping or looking after others can be an extremely rewarding experience, but it can also be a stressful or thankless job. Research suggests that caretakers can burnout at alarming rates. When you’re spending time with individuals who need your support and your physical and mental energy, you want to remember that helping them becomes difficult if you are neglecting your own needs. When you’re focusing on an action plan for that person, remember to set aside some time to do the same for yourself. It’s important to focus on stress management as a caretaker. Research suggests that people who take care of others can find themselves on the verge of burnout if they don’t reduce anxiety in themselves.

You can practice self-care for example, by using essential oils (assuming no allergies are at play) to practice grounding, to soothe yourself, and in tandem with other forms of mental health care. As a caretaker, it can help to engage in leisure activities when you’re not on the job as a way to decompress. It’s crucial to engage in self-care because caretaker burnout is a real thing. When you don’t practice self-care, it can impact your quality of life and have a potentially negative effect on the person or persons or animals or plants you are taking care of, which you don’t want to have happen. Make sure if you’re a caretaker, that you take time to focus on yourself so that you can be of better use to those you are caring or responsible for and feel better about your life.

Lowering Stress by Self Care

Self care can improve your quality of life and be a great tool for stress management. It is important to remember that self-care is a unique and personal undertaking from person to person. Whether you take a bubble bath with essential oils, or go on a long walk when you’re not working, scream to loud music, or whatever is healthy and comfortable for you, you are engaging in activities that benefit the mind and body. Research suggests that self-care can lower stress levels and you will notice that likely, this is true. When you’re feeling stressed, think about some of the self-care techniques that work for you and write them down when they come to mind. During your day to day life, you can practice these self-care methods and you will notice that your mindset is less anxious. There are simple self-care techniques that you can practice from day to day.

It’s natural that you may feel guilty about practicing self-care and your feelings are valid, but when you feel guilt it may prevent you from practicing self-care. You might become neglectful of yourself thereby limiting your ability to be present and available for others. Remember that your physical health can improve when you take care of yourself. Medically reviewed studies suggest that self care can lower stress in a variety of populations and within different settings and scenarios. You can live a healthy life when you practice self care.

Practicing self care revents resentment

It’s crucial to practice self care because it benefits your relationships. Sometimes self care means putting you first. You neglect yourself you will end up resentful of the people that you are caring for and that’s no good. When you feel resentment your loved ones experience it as well. Make sure that you practice self care as a part of healthy living. It’s not just about your physical health but a mind and body connection as well. You’re feeling resentful it’s time to take a look inside and see how you can manage those emotions. Sometimes it’s a matter of having a challenging conversation with someone close to you. It may be that you need to set some boundaries. Instead of venting to other friends on social media, it’s crucial to take care of yourself, and have conversations with loved ones when you have a conflict. One way is to prioritize yourself and engage in leisure activities when you can. That way you will build up less resentment because you are taking time to do things that you enjoy. Self care benefits you and your loved ones.

Self care for healthcare professionals

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Being a medical doctor, therapist, or nurse are stressful positions. It’s crucial that you’re spending time caring for patients, and it’s also essential that you set time aside to practice self care. You’re spending so much time on the diagnosis or treatment of your clients, that you forget about your needs. Research shows that there’s a high level of burnout in doctors and therapists. These individuals are hard workers who sacrifice their needs to care for others. When you have a high stress job, and you’re nurturing others, you may put your health at risk. You could develop high blood pressure, which could lead to further health complications. That’s why it’s crucial to make an action plan to start practicing self care. If you’re a medical professional reading this, you might be thinking, “I don’t have time to take care of myself. I’m working 12 hour overnight shifts.” Just because you have odd hours doesn’t mean you can’t practice self care. In fact, if you don’t engage in caring for yourself, you could negatively impact your physical and mental health. Studies show that people who overwork and don’t take care of themselves are more likely to develop severe conditions such as heart disease. When you’re not working, make sure to engage in leisure activities that you enjoy. And don’t feel guilty for doing them. You work hard, and you deserve to have fun. Hobbies make your mind and body feel relaxed and rejuvenated.

Self care and emotional regulation

When you have a mental health condition such as bipolar disorder, you struggle with emotional regulation. People with this diagnosis cycle through mania and depression. Research suggests that bipolar disorder is more manageable when you’re seeing a therapist and taking medication. By engaging in these practices you’re improving your quality of life. Living with a mental illness isn’t easy, but there are some self care tips that can help you. Bipolar disorder can be disruptive, but research shows that self care can help with emotional regulation. That’s an incentive for anyone to try taking care of themselves. It’s especially important to practice self care if you have a condition like bipolar disorder, including seeing a therapist. When you take your mental health seriously, you will have a better chance at staying grounded and managing your emotions. Mood disorders including bipolar disorder, depression, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder can cause disruptions in our lives. But, when you practice good self care you have a better chance at being emotionally well.

Self care and therapeutic treatment

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Research shows that people who engage in self care have a better quality of life. So, why not try it? The studies show that self care can benefit your long term health, which helps you and your loved ones. One of the best ways you can take care of yourself is to go to therapy. Online therapy is an excellent place to learn about self care techniques. The online therapists at BetterHelp want you to be well. Studies show that online therapy can benefit people who have depression and other mental health issues.


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