Why is Self-Care so Important for Us?
This past summer I spoke at Wake Med's Bariatric's Support Group about the importance of self-care. The need for self-care has become more and more prevalent today, due to the fast pace lives we live. Technology, busy work schedules, busy kid's schedules, school and sport demands; all of it creates the need to "go, go, go". Self-care allows us to take the time we need to pull ourselves from that non-stop mindset, and reset our headspace.
What is self-care?
Taking the TIME to care for your mind and body
Participating in activities that you enjoy (i.e. walking/hiking, exercise, sports, reading, traveling, etc.)
Participating in activities that help calm your mind and body (i.e. meditation, yoga, walks, listening to music, aromatherapy, acupuncture, massage, etc.)
What may be the signs that I need more self-care?
I’m feeling exhausted, irritable, and have little patience
I dread going to work or doing things with my family/friends
I feel less enjoyment in my life (career, family, etc.)
I have difficulty concentrating and memory issues
I have little energy to exercise regularly or eat healthy foods
What can the practice of self-care do for me?
Avoids burnout from your job or family life
Helps prevent and manage stress
Helps maintain a whole body healthy lifestyle
Increases energy and promotes healthy eating habits and exercise routines
Improves mood and mental health
How can I incorporate self-care into my every day life?
Make self-care a priority: structure/plan your self-care time
Create a self-care plan: make a list of self-care ideas
Reward Yourself: Yes! Create rewards that will reinforce your practice of self-care!
Remember: small changes can make the biggest difference!
Make a self-care plan!
Time of Day/Week:
Remember, all changes TAKE TIME. Be patient and practice, practice, practice!