People underestimate the true power of learning to love yourself. Self-care isn’t just a treat or an indulgence. Though it is certainly supposed to be enjoyable, it has far more benefits than simply being something to do when you’re bored. Take a look below at my top 7 reasons to start showing yourself some love!
1. You Deserve It
Women are natural givers so turn that love back towards you and treat yourself once in a while. After all the effort you put into taking care of school assignments, projects at work, caring for family members and keeping up appearances with friends, it’s nice to have a minute to yourself sometimes. Self-care is never selfish. Repeat that, write it down and live by it. There is nothing wrong with you enjoying a glass of wine, doing a facemask, or whatever your relaxation method might be. You deserve it, girl…but more importantly, you need it.
2. It Can Increase Mental Focus
Depending on the type of self-care you like best, you may see real benefits. If you find journaling is a great way to embrace your feelings, that’s great! Journaling has serious positive effects on your mental wellbeing. There’s a reason therapists often recommend clients take up journaling. Writing down emotions as they are happening can help a person get in touch with their feelings as well as track potential triggers for unwelcome negative thoughts.
Meditation is another example of a self-care healthy habit that can really benefit anyone. Taking time to reflect on things you’re grateful for about yourself or the life you’ve created allows you to practice focusing on one train of thought at a time, something many of us struggle with.
3. You Learn About Yourself
Just as journaling can help identify triggers for negative thoughts, trying new activates could help you narrow down to what makes you happy. If you try yoga and find yourself dreaming of a nice exhilarating HIIT workout, then maybe yoga isn’t for you. There’s no rule saying you can’t try it again but now you know not to force yourself to go to the new trendy yoga studio just because it’s popular if you already know you that you prefer a higher intensity workout. Or perhaps you take up drawing or sculpting and realize you’d much rather be playing piano or guitar.
When you’re new to self-care, there’s often a lot of overwhelming information on what is the most beneficial activity for your overall wellness. Any article that claims one form is better than another simply isn’t correct. Though a jog may not be relaxing to some, it might be just the thing you need after a long day at work to re-centre yourself. Choosing your go-to self-care activity will most likely take time, but once you know what makes you happiest you’ll always have a customized backup plan when negative emotions set it. You can’t always prevent a bad mood, but you sure can cure it!
If you’re looking for a pre-made self-care routine check out the routines in the Love Wellness Self Care Series
4. It’s Fun
As I mentioned before, self-care should be something you enjoy. For me, my perfect night in involves a cup of coffee (decaf after 4pm), a facemask, candles and my favourite book or show on Netflix. Hanging out with friends is nice but sometimes it’s best to just hang out by yourself and relax without anyone else around to worry about. A year ago I never knew the importance of being able to enjoy your own company but girl, trust me when I say is life changing. I’m in charge of my own happiness.
If I have a bad day and I can’t talk to anyone about it, there’s a comfort knowing that I can go through one of my favourite self-care routines and feel so much better without relying on anyone else for help. It’s empowering, it’s relaxing, and most of all, it’s fun. So choose something you genuinely enjoy, not what you think sounds like a “typical self-care routine” if that’s not your thing.
5. You’ll Have Better Skin
I include a facemask in my routine, which always makes my skin soft and smooth after. Even if you don’t like facemasks, self-care, in general, is designed to reduce stress. I swear, stress breakouts are a real thing but can easily be prevented with a daily skin care regimen (which you should already have or should start right away!) and some healthy self-care habits. Some of these habits include can be catching your ZZZ’s every night, incorporating a wide variety of fruits and veggies into your diet and drinking more water, all things that also give you better, more radiant skin naturally. Honestly, you really don’t need to shell out your hard earned cash to look like a supermodel.
6. You’ll Be Nicer
It’s true! After living your life serving people around you; your family, co-workers, boss, friends, etc. it becomes tiring to always put on a smile and help others. I cannot repeat this enough: it’s never selfish to take time for yourself. Taking time for yourself will ultimately make you a happier person and in turn, more of joy to be around for others.
When you’re less stressed, you’re a breath of fresh air for everyone around you and that positivity rubs off. No one enjoys being around someone is constantly looking at the dark side of a problem or complaining about
their peers. These things just simply aren’t doing anyone any favours. So give to others by giving to yourself and maybe you’ll inspire others to do the same. Trust me, when you start taking care of yourself, you’ll be glowing and everyone will ask what your secret is!
7. Regular Self Care Prevents Harmful Behavior
This is probably the most important point on this list. When it comes to mental health, a lot of us turn to harmful behaviours to cope with negative emotions like stress or anxiety. Some of these behaviours include binge eating or not eating enough, physical self-harm, negative self-talk, lashing out at others, and the list just goes on. There are better ways to handle negative emotions. When you treat yourself to something you enjoy like a massage, a night with a good book, or a piece of chocolate, you’re less likely to engage in harmful behaviors. For example, if you are a person who binge eats or even just tends to choose unhealthy foods in times of crisis or boredom, eating something you enjoy as a treat more often will actually help you prevent yourself from choosing those foods later on. Sounds crazy but it works.
As women, we often feel guilt from eating certain foods or too much of something. By allowing yourself to indulge on a little bit of something, you’re putting yourself in a position where you don’t feel guilty for that food anymore. You learn to enjoy smaller amounts of it. After all, too much of anything can be bad for you. Another trick in the food department is to make homemade treats and find as many superfoods to stuff in there as possible. There are literally thousands of nutritious treat recipes that satisfy a craving and don’t sacrifice flavor. This can also help with feelings of guilt associated with food because you know that what you’re eating isn’t hurting your body.
If you were ever on the fence about beginning a self-care routine (or if you’ve ever thought it was selfish to spend time on yourself), I hope my top 7 reasons to practice self-care helped you realize that the only thing that can come out of showing yourself some love, is a healthier and happier version of you! So go take care of yourself!
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