Dr. Seuss once said, “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
And isn’t that the truth? After all, you are the only you that exists. Yet sometimes in the craziness of life, we are so busy taking care of others around us that we don’t take the time to take care of ourselves. In recent years, I have started to take the time and do things to take care of myself and what a difference it has made!
The Importance of Self Care
I know I have fallen into the trap of feeling like self care is selfish in some way. There are so many benefits to self care – better physical and mental health, and increasing of self-love and self-esteem. By showing self-care to yourself, it also promotes self-care among friends and family.
The Fort Garry Women’s Resource Centre came out with a fact sheet on Self Care for Women. One thing that stuck out upon reading this fact sheet is that women spend so much of their lives nurturing others that often we can neglect our own needs. In order to bring a balance about work, stress, and daily living, self care is fundamental part of making ourselves feel happier and make us feel valuable.
But self care is not just for women. It’s for everyone.
How I Practice Self Care
- I have the Five Minute Journal which I complete every morning and evening. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s like a gratitude journal which starts and ends the day in a positive light. I started this journal on October 1st and next week, I will be sharing how my first month of completing the journal has gone thus far.
- Talk with friends – about anything and everything. Just venting about problems and talking about dreams and aspirations.
- Meditation – I recently started meditation practices and I love it. This is also something I will love to talk about more in the future once I have practiced it for a few more weeks.
- Warm baths with wine. I love my wine and I love scented bath salts.
- Yoga – I have been doing a 31 Day yoga challenge recently. I am on Day 10 and love it!
- Read a book.
- Go to bed early – meditation has helped me fall asleep.
- Listening to music I love – and may sing obnoxiously loud to.
- Breathing exercises – particularly in anxious moments.
- Lie down and let my essential oil diffuser work its magic! Lavender and peppermint are my favourite scents!
Here are other ways to practice self-care: