What is Self-Care and Why is it Important?

I have been practicing self-care for longer than I can remember, before I even knew it was called that.  You probably do a little of it without even realizing it.

In this article I will discuss self-care, the importance of doing it, and give you 6 ideas you can start TODAY!!

What is Self-Care?

The simple explanation is any activity you do in efforts to prevent harm to your mental, physical, and emotional health.  It’s the preventative activies you do to take care of yourself first.

You are your biggest asset! Without the 100%, you are failing not only yourself, but your family, coworkers, friends… the list keeps going.

Why is Self-Care Important?

If you work, stay at home with kids, or even just live a daily life, you are bound to come in contact with insane amounts of unhealthy stress.  Teachers during the school year, those working 9-5, even stay at home mom’s who are trying to run their own health and fitness business while raising two young girls.  The list can go on and on.  If you are alive, chances are you encounter stress in one way or another.

What usually occurs while you are under stress is that you forget about self-care.  The preventative derailment activities take a back seat.  Your immune system goes on a roller coaster ride.  You may even become sick, depressed, or if you are like me have your panic attacks come back with a vengeance.

Well Shoot!! What Can I Do?

Keep reading and I will share with you the best self-care acts you can do to keep yourself on course.

Acts of Self-Care You Can Do

  1. Simplifying Your Space– Naturally, the most important acts of self-care are simplifying life and learning to prioritize.  I know I feel better when I remove the clutter from my home.  You get a small win of a clean house/ office space while getting a sense of accomplishment
  2. Keep Social– You may need people more than you realize.  Join a club, reach out to friends, have a Mom’s Night Out.
  3. Get Enough Sleep– I can’t stress enough the importance of sleep.  I know we all need some “me” time after the kids go to bed, but set yourself a bedtime, and try and stick to it.
  4. Go for a Walk or Exercise– I know I always feel better after getting in a good sweat session from my streaming workouts.  It clears my mind, releases stress, and by the time I’m done I can’t remember what I was stressed about in the first place.
  5. Read some Personal Development– I have become a huge fan of personal development since I started coaching.  It has given me new perspectives and ways of coping with things that I would not have thought of before.
  6. Write a List– Write down all the things you are grateful for, or positive things that have happened during the day.  When you switch your mindset from negative to positive you start to see that more.

How do you practice self care?

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