Most of us have heard of self-care, but many may not know exactly what it entails. After all, taking care of yourself isn’t just about pampering your body—it’s a necessity for your mental health, too. Practicing self-care means taking the time to recharge and reconnect with yourself so that you can provide the best possible care for others in your life. Need some ideas for where to start?
First, you’ll need to make time for yourself. You might be a single parent who struggles to find the time and energy to really enjoy self-care. Or, you might struggle to carve out some alone time from your partner. Or, work too much. Regardless of what your situation is, the most important thing is that you’re making time for yourself. Even if it’s 15 minutes a day spent drinking tea and relaxing in a quiet place, it’s essential that you take this time to reflect on everything going on in your life–– calm your mind, body, and spirit.
Second, there's nothing quite like sun and fresh air, is there? Studies have found that spending time in nature can be good for your psychological well being -- and your clothes. Well, maybe not your clothes, but we think it's a great excuse to head outside and explore.
Third, music can be a great way to take care of yourself. Turn it on while you’re feeding your little one or listen to your favorite song while you’re getting ready for the day. It’s a simple thing that can go a long way toward boosting your mood and helping you feel ready to tackle whatever life throws your way.
Fourth, Studies show people who keep gratitude journals sleep longer and experience higher quality sleep.The best part is, writing in a gratitude journal only takes a few minutes of your time and it doesn’t cost you any money.
Lastly, whether it's spending a weekend binge watching your favorite show, or cooking something you enjoy, take some time for yourself. You deserve it!