Self-care is not only important, but it's also one of the best gifts you can give yourself.
Self-care is important because it helps us to stay healthy both physically and mentally. When we take care of ourselves, we are better able to take care of those around us. When we are rested, fed, and healthy, we are better able to show up for our families, our friends, and our jobs. We are better able to be present and to enjoy our lives when we make self-care a priority.
Here are four more reasons why self-care is the greatest gift you can give yourself:
1. Self-care helps reduce stress levels.
When you take time for yourself to relax and rejuvenate, you're reducing your stress levels. And when your stress levels are lowered, you're better able to handle whatever life throws your way. We all have moments of stress in our lives. But when we make self-care a priority, we're better equipped to deal with whatever comes our way.
2. Self-care leads to improved physical health.
When we take care of ourselves physically, we see improvements in our overall health. Exercise is a great form of physical self-care that helps reduce stress levels while also improving our cardiovascular health and energy levels. Eating healthy foods and getting enough sleep are also important forms of physical self-care that lead to improved physical health. When we feel good physically, we're better able to tackle whatever comes our way each day.
3. Self-care leads to improved mental health.
When we make time for activities that nurture our mental health, we see an improvement in our overall well-being. Mental health includes our emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Common forms of mental self-care include meditation, journaling, and spending time in nature. When we take care of our mental health, we're better able to cope with life's challenges and manage day-to-day stressors.
Three Gifts of Self-care
“A little over a year ago, I made the decision to get divorced. It was one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make, but it was also one of the best. Getting divorced was challenging in so many ways, but perhaps the hardest part was learning how to be single again after being married for over 20 years. One of the things that helped me through that time was giving myself the gift of self-care.”
1. Gift of Time to Focus on Yourself
2. Gift of learning to love and appreciate yourself again
3. Gift of boundaries.
1.Time to Focus on Yourself
One of the best things about taking care of yourself is that it gives you time to focus on yourself. When you're in a relationship, it's easy to forget about your own needs and wants because you're so focused on your partner's needs and wants. But when you're single, you don't have anyone else to worry about except for yourself. And that can be really liberating! Make a point to do things that you love and make you happy. .
2. Learning to love and appreciate yourself again
One of the most difficult things about getting divorced can be learning to love yourself again - not in a narcissistic way, but in a healthy way. If your self-worth has been wrapped up in your relationship status - a wife and mother, and those roles are taken away it can feel confusing. Learning how to take care of yourself can help you realize that just because you aren’t married anymore doesn't mean anything about your value or worth as a human being. Taking care of yourself can help you see that you deserve love and respect - not just from others but from yourself as well!
3. Setting boundaries
One of the biggest lessons some of our clients learn is how to set boundaries with others - especially with their ex and also even their children. When you're going through a divorce, it's easy to get caught up in what other people want or need from you - whether it's your soon-to-be-ex or ex-spouse who wants you to sign the divorce papers or your kids who want you spend more time with them (and less time with your ex). At the end of the day, you need to do what's best for YOU.
If you're going through a tough time in your life - whether it's a divorce, job loss, health scare, or anything else - consider giving yourself the gift of self-care. Taking care of yourself can be incredibly healing in so many ways. It gives you time to focus on yourself, teaches you how to love and appreciate yourself again, and helps you learn how to set boundaries with others. So go ahead and treat yourself - you deserve it! You end up giving yourself reduced stress, improved physical health and mental health. And if it helps remember all those gifts to yourself are gifts to others too because you can show up for others healthier and happier.