Wellness/Self-care is a crucial part of maintaining wellness and good health and is an optimum quality of life both in the present and for the future. It may be helpful to think of self-care as a way of living that consistently incorporates behaviors to help you revitalize renewing your energy, motivation and personal growth.
Perhaps the biggest obstacle for many is the belief that self-care equates to selfishness. Not so! Think of a continuum with selfishness at one end and self-sacrifice at the other. Self-care calmly sits in a balanced, steady state right in the middle. In order to give to others you need to nurture yourself by continually stocking your reserves of strength, resolve, energy, and motivation. How can you continue to give to yourself or others when your tank is near empty.
Schedule You Time
A potential runner-up for the biggest barrier is the the claim, “There aren’t enough hours in the day to take care of everyone else and still have time for myself?” You make time for what you deem important. Try a time audit, and you will likely find there are activities that can be shortened or even skipped to make some time just for you as you will find time for what you consider to be important. A time management expert will tell you to schedule ‘you time’ – just like your work commitments and other appointments. The goal is to build in that time on a regular basis, not simply once in a while!
So you’ve seen the light and actually put wellness/self-care on the calendar. Now what exactly do you do? Wellness takes many forms: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social. You can nurture yourself through the gift of regular exercise, healthy meal, meditation, prayer, reading, playing a puzzle, or socializing with friends.
In addition to nurturing yourself, more substantial forms of self care involving healthy lifestyle choices are important, too. Consuming a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and being sure you get enough sleep are all important for long term health and stress management as well.
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