by Hannah Joyce
Let’s talk about self-care. First I want to make it clear that self-care is NOT selfish. We all practice self-care in different ways. There is no one right way to practice self-care. Self-care can be anything from simply doing the basics or treating yourself to a bubble bath.
Why is self-care important?
- Your body needs rest (Physical Health)
- Your mind needs rest (Mental Health)
- We need to take care of ourselves so that we can help others
Two years ago I had never heard of the term ‘self-care’, it was first introduced to me when I began training to volunteer at a crisis center for victims of domestic and sexual violence. At the time I was seventeen, I had the mindset that I could handle anything until the first day of training ended. I was mentally exhausted. We had gone over intense stuff that day.
My heart hurt for people suffering from domestic/sexual violence, and my mind was crushed from all the information I had learned that day. I went home, and I did nothing. I couldn’t think straight, my mind my racing with all the information I had learned. I wanted to help the people affected by these terrible things but if I couldn’t even do my homework, how could I help others?
This is where self-care is essential. I had to find a way to wind down and refresh my soul.
Let’s talk about ways someone can practice self-care,
- Take a hot shower – I find that the warm water running down my body is relaxing. While I shower, nothing else is important. All I am focusing on is that shower.
- Take a bath – I have a friend that deals with a lot of chronic pain and taking a bath is apart of her daily routine. Without it, she says she wouldn’t be able to function.
- Read a good book – In life we get so caught up in the daily activities that we may not make time to sit down and read that book we have been eyeing. Cozy up on the sofa with a hot cup of tea and just lose yourself in a book.
- Treat yourself to a spa night either at home or at an actual spa – self-care does not need to be expensive. There are a ton of home spa ideas at the tip of your fingertips on Pinterest.
Lastly, I want to leave you with some encouragement. You are enough, we all need to take time for ourselves whether that is taking a shower or reading a book. It is a necessity. There is no shame in practicing self-care.
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