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Self-care is just as important to your physical health as it is to your mental health. Taking time out for yourself has many benefits that can greatly improve your lifestyle.

Too often we are so caught up with our busy lives that we forget to take time out for ourself. Other times, we think we’re being selfish or guilty for taking time out for ourselves. But you really want to improve your lifestyle you need to practice self-care.

What is Self-Care?

Self-care is essentially taking time out for yourself, to recharge or to unwind. Whether it’s with family or friends or alone by yourself. Most people would prefer alone time because being in solitude can really help relax the mind, body and soul.

Why Self-care is Important

With all the pressures of busy family life today, it’s easy to get stressed and even burn out. That’s why it’s important to put time aside for yourself to be by yourself. Alone time to focus on your needs, your goals, your passions and the list goes on.

Top Benefits Of Self Care

  • Help with stress-relief. By engaging in activities that benefit your well-being, this will help you relax your mind, body and soul. For more ways to deal with stress check out our blog, Simple Ways to Deal with Anxiety and Stress. 
  • Great for well-being. There is evidence to prove that hobbies and activities, like yoga, meditation or just doing something your really enjoy can activate your parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). This helps will have a huge positive impact on your over health and well-being.
  • Better physical health. Similarly to the previous point, with better self-care often comes fewer colds, cases of flu and upset stomachs. Less stress and a better immune system can surely help you feel more physically able and strong inside and out.
  • Improved self-esteem. When you regularly take time out for yourself, to work on yourself, you start to appreciate yourself. This in turn improves your own self-esteem.

They are many different areas you can focus on when it comes to looking after yourself. There’s connection and relationships, money and finance, health and fitness and spiritual or emotional well-being. All areas are important and what areas you want to work on depends on where you feel you might be lacking. For example, you might want to take time out to fix your relationship with one of your children you feel needs a bit of tender loving care.

Here’s a great example by Guy Winch, a psychologist and author of Emotional First Aid has has a great talk on the important of self-care. Here he talks about how we should take our emotional health as seriously as we take our physical health — and explores how to heal from common heartaches.

 

So if you’re ready to improve your lifestyle, start with yourself and take some time out for you because you’re worth it and you deserve it.