Self care goes way beyond the bubble bath for me. A big part of self care for me is setting great boundaries. A big part of self care has been learning that by saying YES to something, means I must say NO to myself in some way... so I'd had better be very clear about what I am saying yes to. It really is impossible to not consider the trade-offs. I spent most of my life trading off my time for people and things that when I look back really don't matter... I am often struck by the
unimportant-ance of just about everything.
Time is this beautiful and fleeting no-renewable resource. I hate how I feel when I spend (waste) my time on something or someone who does not appreciate it. We live in un-holy fear of what someone might think of us - always willing to compromise our own selves and break our word to ourselves over and over and over again.
What if today you started to make sure that everything you did offered you a sense of relief and let that be the thing that guided you. What if you chose to put yourself first in all things?
Trust the Niggle, Tell the Truth. ~CS
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Self-care is not the same as self-indulgence or selfishness. Self-care entails looking after yourself to be healthy, well, do your work, help, and care for others, and do all of the tasks you need and desire to complete in a day.
It's partially about recognizing when your limits are reached and taking steps back to restore them rather than allowing them to deplete completely. Meanwhile, it entails incorporating self-compassion in you in a way that helps you avoid burnout entirely.
Everyone can and should practice self-care in whatever way feels right for them. Practice good self-care, and you don't need a lot of money, knowledge, or even time. In reality, many of the more classic self-care activities that people think of are getting a wonderful massage and taking a few days off work for a vacation. The conclusion is that the most effective self-care is frequently the most basic, inexpensive, and quick. It's not only desperate housewives who can do these things.
Why is Self-Care Important?
There is an underlying assumption that we must constantly be active in a culture where individuals are compelled to complete long hours of work and forego vacation days, which might take away opportunities for self-care. Taking some time to participate in self-care, you can reduce the pressures of everyday life and reset yourself to a healthy state where productivity may be restored.
Most people are aware that there are some things we should do regularly to maintain our physical health, such as exercising, eating healthily, visiting the doctor once a year, cleaning our teeth, etc. There's nothing mysterious about it.
On the other hand, self-care refers to the activities we should do regularly to support our mental and emotional health, such as scheduling time for true relaxation, getting enough sleep, spending time with people we care about, and so on.
Checking in with oneself and asking how you're doing and what your body needs are part of self-care. Some individuals use it to cope with upsetting news reports, while others maintain their happiness daily. Self-care means different things to different people. Different people will practice self-care in different ways, and your concept of self-care may evolve.
Types of Self-Care
Self-care may be divided into several categories:
Self-talk, weekly bubble baths, saying "no" to activities that generate unneeded stress, allowing oneself to take a break, or scheduling a weekly coffee session with a buddy are all examples of emotional self-care.
Physical self-care includes getting enough sleep, sticking to an exercise schedule, and selecting good, nutritious foods over excessively processed foods.
Joining a religious service, enjoying time in nature, meditating, implementing regular acts of kindness into your day, or maintaining a gratitude book are all examples of spiritual self-care.
Self-care can improve your health and perspective, but it necessitates a commitment or desire to engage in your well-being. It self-care is a bold choice that any individual can make to worry about the safety of their well-being.
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Trust the Niggle Podcast: Listen Here Where I interview other people who have learned to trust themselves, live out those nudges and who have great boundaries.
Maybe I can help, listen, guide or confirm what you already know. It is a great self care practice to be kind to yourself.
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