So lets’ tackle the big elephant in the room first. Why is self-care important?
- It helps to improve our moods
- It helps to improve our confidence
- It helps to reduce our anxieties about things and
- It also (believe it or not) helps us to prioritise things because it helps to reduce our stress levels and in turn gives us a new perspective on things.
Consider this practically, if I am not purposely taking time to look after myself, then I am constantly on high alert and I only end up opening myself up to an array of negative emotions and approaches:
- Little to no patience (so it would take very little to get me annoyed)
- The way I interact with others
- Being emotionally withdrawn
Honestly, I could go on, but I think you get my point. So whether you are at home by yourselves, if you are at home with family or with friends, I would implore you to take sometime out to look after your emotional, physical and mental well-being, your self care.
Now, the fact is, self-care is going to be different for all of us. I see self-care as things that I do for myself that allows me to recharge, so I can give back.
As a mum, I used to think self-care only consisted of time away from the kids and my husband and getting a good night’s sleep but guys! It is so much more than that, I have to purposely take time out from my daily life to focus on a combination of my emotional, physical and mental well-being.
So here are 4 things I have done that I hope will help inspire you to take sometime out for yourself whilst we are confined in our homes.
1. Going for a walk
Walking is known to help with lowering stress levels and improving your mood. If you are in complete isolation and you can’t leave your home, then pop on YouTube for some exercises and if you can’t be too active, try some deep breathing exercises.
2. Scheduling time to catch up with family and friends
Yep, I said it, scheduling It may not sound heartfelt but in reality it actually is because I am taking time out to make sure I am calling and catching up with family and friends. Why is this a form of self care, because it helps me stay connected to people. I get to laugh, share my worries and generally stay connected to the my external world outside my home.
Like some people, cooking makes me happy which in turn relaxes me because it allows me to focus on one thing. Plus it helps that I just bought a new set of Frying pans, the Tefal Taste Pan Set, and I couldn’t wait to use them. I don’t know, there is just something about breaking into new gear lol.
If you are anything like me, I am not just physically on the move but so is my mind. I can’t really explain it, but its like I can be having a conversation with you but at the same time, I have planned out my activities for the whole week in my head (I just need to write it down lol). So when I cook, I find that all I can do is focus on just that, the cooking, so it helps me re-focus and recenter which in turn, allows me to de-stress. Some people find the same euphoria from cleaning ……….. well to each their own lol.
4. Reading the word of God
I have found so much comfort in reading the word of God. The bible has been key to helping me and my family to have moments of peace within this season. Now, with 2 little ones, working from home and still having to run the house, reading the word of God hasn’t been easy, but just as self care is about purposely taking time out to look after yourself, what excuse do I have to not implement that same approach with reading the Bible, whether it is in the morning before my day starts or at night when the kids are in bed, reading and sharing the word of God has been a comfort to me and my family.
I hope this post will inspire you to make time for self care. Stay safe and look out for my next post.