Self Care is an increasingly common topic. Implementing self care strategies into our daily routine means we are taking responsibility for our emotional, physical and mental health.
Self-care enables us to establish and maintain a healthy relationship with ourselves. We cannot be an awesome wife, mother, friend, carer, proficient at our jobs and manage whatever else we have on our plate if we don’t self care.
Practice self care to prevent burnout and to refill your tank to be on top of your game.
What You Need to Know about Self Care
- Everything you need for self care is within you right now, you are enough
- Self Care does not mean you are “broken” its means looking after yourself and prioritising your needs
- Self Care means being the center of your own life
- Self Care is soul food, you can give to others when you give to yourself
- Self Care is not being selfish, it is a necessity for your growth
- Self Care is individualised, it is not one size fits all
- Your Self Care routine occurs within the cultural and social context of your life
- Self Care is dynamic and fluid, be flexible to accommodate changes in your life
- We are all worthy of Self Care, it is not something we have to earn
- Self Care is not about your behaviour it is a mindset to be integrated into your everyday routine
- Self Care is not meant to be complex it is meant to compliment you
Self Care is not a One Size Fits All!
Self care is about looking after you, there are copious amounts of articles on the Internet defining what self-care is, how to go about it and giving you tips! These are great tips however managing your own self care is not be a “one size fits all” approach. Choose what suits you taking into consideration your time constraints, what your current needs are and the resources you have available.
Check out Setting SMART Goals post for tips on setting your goals.
The list above contains examples of self care strategies. I am sure you will have favourites, or if this is new to you find a suitable strategy on the self care list.