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What is self-care and why is it important?

Self-care is not a new notion, despite its recent prominence in popular culture. It’s also not complicated, pompous, or exclusive. It is exactly what it sounds like: it’s about looking after oneself. When people talk about self-care these days, they’re usually referring to making a conscious and purposeful decision to take care of yourself and your well-being.

It is an essential component of leading a healthy and happy life. It’s critical to take care of yourself both mentally and physically if you want to take charge of your health.

We live increasingly busy lives, and it’s easy to forget to put yourself first, especially if you’re juggling many obligations and caring for others. However, taking care of yourself will make you feel better, and the better you feel, the better you will be in all aspects of your life, including your job and relationships.

What is the key to self-love?

Just like any other kind of love, self-love is hard to explain. True love is unconditional. It means you appreciate and accept yourself as they are.

Self-love is seeing and appreciating our positive qualities and acting in a way that looks after ourselves.

To have self-love means to create balance, find positive ways to think about yourself and allow yourself to grow in meaningful ways to be content in life.

Practicing self-love is a tool you can use every day to have more control over your happiness and balance in life – to create the life you love.

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What are some self-care activities?

Physical self-care

Activities that help you stay healthy, and with enough energy to get through your daily life.

Psychological self-care

Activities that help you to feel clear-headed and able to intellectually engage with the professional challenges that are found in your work and personal life.

  • Keep a reflective journal.
  • Engage with a non-work hobby.
  • Turn off your email and work phone outside of work hours.
  • Make time for relaxation.
  • Make time to engage with positive friends and family.

Spiritual self-care

This involves having a sense of perspective beyond the day-to-day of life.

  • Engage in reflective practices like meditation.
  • Go on bush walks.
  • Go to church/mosque/temple.
  • Do yoga.
  • Reflect with a close friend for support.

Workplace self-care

This involves activities that help you to work consistently at the professional level expected of you.

  • Engage in regular supervision or consulting with a more experienced colleague
  • Set up a peer-support group
  • Be strict with boundaries between clients/students and staff
  • Read professional journals
  • Attend professional development programs.

How do you develop self-love?

Sometimes anxiety feels like 100 things swirling round in your head….. most of them negative thoughts. It really helps to get these thoughts down on paper. This means you can start to analyse them so they are more organised and become less overwhelming.

Here are some recipes for self-love that are simple in practice and multifaceted in their benefits:

  • Stop comparing yourself to others

We’re socialised to be competitive, so comparing ourselves to others is natural. But it can be dangerous. There’s just no point in comparing yourself to anyone else on the planet because there’s only one you. Rather, focus on yourself and your journey.

  • Don’t worry about others’ opinions

In that same vein, don’t worry about what society thinks or expects of you. You can’t make everyone happy, so this is a waste of time and will only slow you down on your journey to being the best you.

  • Allow yourself to make mistakes

We’re told again and again from a young age “nobody’s perfect, everyone makes mistakes.” But the older you get, the more pressure you feel never to fail. Cut yourself some slack! Make mistakes so you can learn and grow from them. Embrace your past. You’re constantly changing and growing from who you once were into who you are today and who you will be one day.

  • Your value doesn’t lie in your how your body looks

This is fundamental! So many things in the world want to distract you from this powerful truth. Sometimes even your own internalized sexism affirms your thoughts of inadequacy. You are valuable because you are you, not because of your body.

Self-love comes when you accept that you are worthy exactly as you are. Not if you lose ten pounds, not if you get that promotion, not when you’re dressed up, not when you’re dressed down, not if or when anything. You just are.