Discover Self-Care and how it can Change your Life
What springs to mind when you hear the term self-care? Like me, do you think it is something around an alternative lifestyle? Perhaps a new-age philosophy, or a throwback from the hippie days? Does it seem a bit self-indulgent to you? Or perhaps something to do with following a medical routine even? Recently I have read a great book ‘The Self Care Revolution’ by Suzy Reading. In the book Suzy offers the reader a variety of different chapters on the many ways in which we can Self-Care.
When looking into the theory behind self-care, to me it seems like it is more about being proactive in how you take care of yourself. A good way to imagine the outcomes would be to think about how you would feel if you were in good health. If you believed you were a whole rounded person with a happy disposition. This is my take on self-care.
Overwhelm can lead to not feeling able to cope
Sometimes, when you feel down and under pressure, it can feel like life is conspiring against us, especially if a number of things are going wrong, all at the same time. It can feel overwhelming. We may feel unable to cope, not knowing what to do or where to turn.
Medical sources may even suggest, or offer, anti-depressants (which does have its place). At times, medical intervention can really help people in certain circumstances. It can help to lift them and give them just the boost they need.
The Small Ways
It’s helpful to try something do-able within our immediate reach. These are the small ways in which we can look after ourselves in the moment that we most need it. Looking after ourselves nourishes and rebuilds energy levels, as well as healing stressful situations. Sometimes we just need that extra bit of help with ways to cope, and how to manage our stresses and pressures. And the best thing is that it is all within our control.
How to put Self-Care on your Agenda:
- Take time out for yourself – get off the hamster wheel, stop going round in circles, and try to clear your mind.
- Sit out in the sun, or lay down indoors, anywhere you can find that bit of peace.
- Think about what options you have.
- Think about what you have done in the past to nourish yourself, or any new ideas you are attracted to.
- Write everything down and list everything that springs to mind, no matter how small and insignificant it seems.
- Talk to someone close – a partner, friend, or even a professional person. Ask for their ideas. Together with them, think about what you can realistically achieve at this moment in your life.
- Start to incorporate the ideas into your daily, or weekly time schedule.
- The best way to start is to implement tiny self-care habits in your life.
- Be sure to include a little bit of love and attention for your body, mind, and soul every single day.
Check out more of my Monday Motivation Blogs HERE. Follow me on my path of Self-Care. Let me know what you do in order to look after yourself.
About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.