As a mother with special needs children, I can’t express enough the importance of self care. With all the doctors appointments, meetings with schools, it is no wonder that we can feel overly exhausted and overwhelmed. This is why you need to practice self care on a daily basis.
What is self care anyway? We hear this word all the time, but what does it really mean? Self care involves taking better care of yourself, which is essential for mental and physical purposes. In my opinion, it can really make a positive impact on your life, from helping you to become closer to friends and family, being a better parent, to relieving your stress.
Here are some of the top benefits of self care.
It Helps to Relieve Stress
If you are like most people, you are probably dealing with a lot of stress. This can be stress from your job, parenting, financial situation, relationships, or other personal reasons.
Self care is important for stress relief because it provides activities that help distract you, improve your mood, and help you take better care of yourself. Keep in mind that self care can be anything from taking a bath to going for a walk, so there are tons of options available. For me, waking up early and enjoying the quiet house to myself before everyone wakes up is a great way to recharge my battery.
You Can Improve Your Mental Health
In addition to relieving your stress, self care can also help in other aspects of your mental health. Perhaps you have anxiety or depression, and are trying to relax while also figuring out your triggers.
Well, things like writing in a journal and walking help you accomplish both. You are able to focus more on your mental health during these activities, so you are practicing self care while actually improving your mental health at the same time.
It Raises Your Self Esteem
Did you know taking better care of yourself can help with your self esteem? Lack of proper self care often causes you to feel bad about yourself. With higher self esteem, you raise your confidence, and that can help boost your mood and help with your stress levels.
You Deserve Some Quality Time
Don’t underestimate the power of having quality time to yourself. There are so many ways to do this, whether you allow yourself some time to meditate in the morning, get up early to have your cup of coffee alone, or have dance parties in the living room with your family. This quality time gives you a short break from your daily life, and can be so wonderful for your self care.
Try to give yourself at least a few minutes a day for self care. It will help decrease your stress and other areas of mental health.
What does your daily self care consist of?