Your calendar is jam-packed with tasks and events.
You don’t know how you are going to fit everything in.
There are just not enough hours in the day.
To keep up with roadrunner form of living, we often don’t think twice before making more room in our schedules by putting self-care on the back burner. We overwork, cancel our yoga sessions, cut back on socialising and the idea of relaxing in a nice hot bath is just a mere dream.
More often than not, it takes a wake-up call to notice the toll this kind of lifestyle takes on our lives.
No matter how indulgent or fancy the term may sound, self-care is crucial for our physical, emotional and mental well-being.
What are the benefits of self-care?
Know your worth: Self-care is important to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself as it produces positive feelings and boosts your confidence and self-esteem. Also, self-care is necessary to remind yourself and others that you and your needs are important too.
A healthy work-life balance: Contrary to common belief, being a workaholic is not a virtue. Overwork, and the accompanying stress and exhaustion can make you less productive, disorganised and emotionally depleted. It can also lead to all sorts of health problems, from anxiety and depression to insomnia and heart diseases. Self-care ensures that you stay sharp, motivated and healthy.
While a little dose of stress is a healthy way to give us a nudge that we need to meet the deadlines or finish that overdue task, constant stress and anxiety can have an adverse effect on your mental and physical health. Self-care habits cut down the toxic effects of stress by improving your mood and boosting your energy and confidence levels.
Start living, stop existing:
Life is a precious gift. So why waste it when we have the choice to have a more meaningful existence? You may have a lot of responsibilities but it’s important to remember that taking care of yourself is also your responsibility. Little things like sipping tea while looking at the raindrops racing down the window glass, enjoying a bubble bath, or reading a book are essential for your daily happiness. While things like taking up a new hobby or learning a new language can make your life more purposeful by giving you a new reason to get up in the morning.
Better physical health:
Self-care is not just about your mental health. It’s also about caring for your physical self.