I wanted to talk to you about the importance of self-care. It is something I have been thinking about for a little while now and I feel I need to share. We all get those days, or sometimes it can be longer periods of time, where we’re feeling really low about our conditions, right? I have recently come out of a phase of feeling very ‘meh’ about it all. I had felt like I was trying to pretend everything was fine. That I was totally normal. Of course, I realised I was failing at this and needed to reassess.
This brought on a phase of just feeling a bit low about it all. I am sure I am not alone in feeling like this, I know you have felt that too, I can feel you nodding your head as you’re reading.
This got me thinking about what had helped me come out of that time of feeling down. Self-care was something that really helped me. Slowly, but surely, I started to feel a bit happier and content. I’m not sure I am fully out of the phase, but I am on my way, and self-care helped make that happen. So I wanted to discuss the importance of self-care and share with you why I think it’s something you should introduce.
The importance of self-care is centred wholly on your wellbeing. By this, I mean that it impacts you physically, mentally and emotionally. All three are vital to our wellbeing and so self-care is of huge importance. Taking care of yourself could include something like a walk outside in a local park/forest/national trust area. This helps our physical health as we’re moving. It helps our mental health as the physical activity can have a huge impact on depression, anxieties and other mental health illnesses. It also relieves stress, improves memory and can even help you sleep better. This all helps our emotional health by boosting our overall mood. Physical activity isn’t the only form of self-care though, simple things like taking a long, hot bath can impact our physical, mental and emotional health also. We can easily be taken in by our illnesses and it can have a detrimental effect on our mental health, on our whole wellbeing, in fact. Self-care is a way we can take back control. I know I would love some more control over my life when my cancer controls so much, how about you?
Physical activity isn’t the only form of self-care though, simple things like taking a long, hot bath can impact our physical, mental and emotional health also. We can easily be taken in by our illnesses and it can have a detrimental effect on our mental health, on our whole wellbeing, in fact. Self-care is a way we can take back control. I know I would love some more control over my life when my cancer controls so much, how about you?
We all lead such busy lives now, and the encroaching fear of overwhelm seems to get closer and closer some days. Just me? I didn’t think so. We end up busying ourselves, trying to do things quicker and quicker to get more done. This, of course, leads to mistakes and I am sure that sometimes taking it slower we can accomplish just as much. Self-care can really make a difference to the overwhelm of our daily lives. I know I am guilty of jumping into something head first and letting it totally engulf me. Then the signs of overwhelm inevitably start to rise. So I need a coping mechanism, a way of slowing down, of taking time for myself. It gives me time to think, and process, and analyse what I actually want to spend my time doing.
So I have learnt to embrace self-care rituals to help me combat this overhelm that creeps up on me far too often. There are many different things you can do to help, and I plan to share my favourites in a later post, so keep an eye out for that 😉
Today I am not really sharing any self-care rituals or examples, I will save that for another post. This is all about the importance of self-care, and I hope that this has got you thinking. Perhaps you can relate to some of these ideas and examples. Maybe overwhelm is something you struggle with, or it could be those down days, or perhaps it’s both. Self-care can make a real difference to how you feel about yourself, and the world around you. I hope you see that you are important and that taking some time for yourself will make a difference to many different aspects of your life. If you’d like to join a community of like-minded souls who share freely their self-care tips, and get notified when I publish my post on self-care rituals then please join our newsletter. I will share when the community launches there, before anywhere else 😀