No matter what you do for a living, how big your family is, or how much money you have, there’s probably one thing that you don’t have enough of: time to take care of yourself. With so much going on in life, finding time for self-care can seem impossible. Here are a few tips to help you get the self-care that you need.
1. Understand what self-care means
You’ve probably heard the term, but do you actually know what it means? It’s not just going on a shopping spree. It comes in many different forms and it’s important you understand what it is and how you can do it.
According to goodtherapy.org, self-care is “the actions that an individual might take in order to reach optimal physical and mental health.” It’s about doing an activity or an action that keeps you balanced and healthy. Self-care happens in many different ways. One person might exercise, another might binge-watch Grey’s Anatomy, and someone else might go for a hike.
2. Don’t feel guilty
Guilt is one of the biggest obstacles keeping people (especially parents) from self-care activities. Why should you spend an hour at the gym when you “should” be with your child. Why should you read a book when you “have to” prep for your busy day tomorrow?
The simple answer- the thing you need to remind yourself everyday- is that self-care makes you a better person. It makes you a better family member, a better employee, and a better friend. It keeps you at your best, and that benefits everyone around you.
Don’t feel like you have to have one set activity to maintain your sanity. It can be many different activities, or something you’ve never tried before. In fact, it’s great to try new activities if you’re If you don’t box yourself in, you might be more eager and a little more willing to make time for self-care.
A little bit of self-care goes a long way. Make time for self-care, and your life will get a little easier!
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