Personal well-being is essential to our ability to care for others
If we consider the times we are living in, the current most important topic should be self-care. We often forget to take time for ourselves, even though this is incredibly important for our well-being. If you’re like me and you get too caught up in the day to day hustle, this can easily happen. We don’t take into account the consequences of our actions or inactions and forget to put on our priority list the most important being from our lives: us. Have you ever taken a moment to think about how important it is to take care of yourself? It’s easy to get motivated about things on a daily basis and forget about taking care of yourself. Taking care of yourself should be an imperative if you want to succeed or at least feel okay about yourself. Because the focus is always on others instead of you, it is not surprising that you are completely drained not just physically but emotionally as well. You might feel like the the weight of the world is on your mind and body. The only solution when you feel pushed to your limits is to focus on yourself in order to understand better your needs. Otherwise, you won’t be available for others.
Take care of yourself first. It will pay off in the long run
It’s easy to become overwhelmed but caring for yourself will help you maintain control over many areas of your life. We get so stuck in our work and its daily grind that we forget to take care of ourselves. There are many positive effects of self-care, even though we don’t see them immediately. Self-care is something that everyone should consider regularly. When we take the time for self-care, we are treating our body and our emotional well-being at the same time and can lessen the likelihood of encountering emotional health problems in the future. Self-care is a term that has grown in popularity in mental health in the last few years. Self-care is such an individualized concept that it can mean very different things for different people, but there are some benefits to self-care we can point out regardless of interpretation. The benefits concern a better relationship with us and other as well as a healthier life. In fact, according to the Harvard Business Review, most of us are neglecting our well-being, and as a result, we’re less productive at work, less likely to achieve success and happiness, and even less likely to live longer.
Make a self-care plan
Without a natural tendency to care for ourselves, it is difficult to pay attention to our needs. Because it doesn’t happen automatically, we should schedule and plan the self-care in a rigorous way. Therefore, we need firstly to create a plan event though it is not as pleasant as we would like it. Self-care requires an effort and very rarely is a spontaneous action, because sometimes we feel exhausted, depressed, and anxious, inattentive or unable to focus or relax. In this case, we should make self-care a habit and like this we will succeed to take care care of ourselves on a regular basis. Even if it sounds strange, the first thing you should do is to write down your plan. Without defining it, it will not ever happen! If it is difficult for you to start you shoud ask a few questions: What are 5 things you like to do just for you? How often do you actually do these activities? How much time could you afford in your current context to be allocated only for you? The way from plan to practice depends very much on you motivation as well as the degree of awareness realted to your needs. If you are not aware of what do you need at emotional, psychological as well as physical level, you will reach very rapidly the burnout point. And you don’t want this, for sure! So for next year let aside different resolutions! The most important is to take care of yourself!