In recent years, self-care has become somewhat of a vague word. I mean what is self-care, and what does it really involve? If you had questions about self-care and how it can benefit you, this post will explain what self-care is, what it isn’t, and explain why you need to set a solid modern self-care routine in your life. This post will help you understand how self-care can balance your busy life, relieve stress, and build the confidence you need to live the life you desire.
This post is a guide to modern self-care.
What is Self-Care?
With all the buzz surrounding self-care, it’s easy to look at the outside representations of the term, while completely ignoring the true meaning of it.
Yes, pampering yourself at the sauna, going away on nice, relaxing vacations and celebrating your accomplishments are excellent ways to engage in self-care. But it’s more than just that.
Self-care is the combination of actions we take to care for ourselves on multiple levels. It is the choices we make to maintain our psychological, physical, spiritual, financial, social, and intellectual wellbeing.
What Self-Care Isn’t
With different perspectives on the definition of self-care, some think that it’s a selfish act, which is way far from that. Self-care is not a selfish act. Yes, it’s about putting yourself first but it’s in order to serve those around you.
If you aren’t properly taking care of yourself, how are you going to take care of other things like paying the bills, hanging out with a friend, or even being mindfully well at work? When you consider your wellbeing and plan to take care of yourself first, then you have the time to give more to those around you.
Why Is Self-Care Important?
Self-care is so important because of that familiar old adage “you can’t pour from an empty cup”. Self-care is an important practice because it replenishes you and fills you up.
“You can’t pour out from an empty cup ” – Unknown
If your personal cup is empty, you can’t really give your energy to others or anything else.
When you’re well-rested, you have more energy to be productive at work. When you’re less stressed, you have the flexibility and mental freedom to come up with creative ideas. Also, if you had the time to personally engage in activities and hobbies that relaxes you and is just for the sake fo your enjoyment, you are more pleasant to be around. Self-care is not selfish.
So what is the best way to self-care? It brings out the best of you. It’s being responsible for yourself, your wellbeing.
6 Benefits Of Self-Care
Now that you know what self-care is and is not, here are just six of the many benefits of intentional self-care.
Boosts Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence
When you take time to care for yourself in meaningful ways, it gives you a reminder that you are valuable, valid, and important. The positive activities that are underneath the self-care umbrella, such as getting a good night’s sleep, social media detoxing, and gratitude journaling, serve you to increase your mood.
It also shows others, and mostly yourself, that you care about your wellbeing. As you take care of yourself, you also radiate an increase in self-esteem and you become self-confident of yourself, which is a great benefit when practicing self-care.
Once you begin to radiate self-confidence, others treat you better, and this drives more self-confidence. So the more input, the better the output.
Helps Improve Relationships
Whether it is friends, coworkers or family, any relationship you have with others will only improve once you begin to give yourself what you need to feel your best.
Your friendships will also benefit from regular self-care too. Perhaps by spending time engaging in new hobbies that truly fulfill you, you’ll have fun, exciting things to share with friends… or even meet some amazing new people! Spending time with friends and family, or even new people is definitely a great way to practice self-care.
Plus, even if you’re with family members, friends, or coworkers, caring for yourself enough to establish strong boundaries can go a long way in earning respect and even support.
Better Able To Cope With Stress
Establishing a routine that is stress-relieving is essential for you to cope with the increasing demand for modern life. I wrote a post on 30 simple easy stress-free activities that should encourage you to calm your mind and body if you’re looking for ways to reduce your stress.
Let’s face it, working all the time and just figuring out your life is already stressful in itself. By developing a simple, healthy go-to recipe for stress, you will be on your way for whatever comes to your way.
Promotes Physical Health
Self-care isn’t just all about meditation and journaling. Exercising regularly, such as walking, and making healthy food choices are extremely influential elements of self-care.
Obviously, this will help you stay in good shape, which boosts self-confidence, self-esteem, and even affects how others treat you, but it’s also the key to long life and happiness.
Helps You Care For Others
You love to help others, especially when you’re at work and those you care most about. But if you’re not properly taking care of yourself first, you’ll be running on empty fuel. Taking care of yourself is truly a beneficial asset for you to properly take care of others in the most efficient and benevolent way.
Caring for others involves a certain level of self-sacrifice and patience. If you are caring for others all the time but nobody cares for you, you’ll be emotionally and energetically ruined.
Taking responsibility for putting yourself first means you’ll have a much easier time serving others without your well running dry.
Self-Knowledge And Exploration
Being knowledgeable of yourself and exploring you are a major benefit practice self-care. In this fast-paced world with technology all around us, we sometimes forget who we truly are of ourselves. We follow the latest trend, follow certain influencers because they’re cool and whatnot while wishing we had their life. However, it sometimes leads us to a path that is not nor ever useful to our life.
Sometimes I think that technology has its benefit, but the way we use could be detrimental to our health.
Taking the time to get to know yourself through self-care is one of the most powerful things you can do to take control of your life.
Life is all about growing into the best, most authentic versions of ourselves that we can possibly be. How will you know who you are unless you spend enough quality time with yourself as you grow?
The answer is: you won’t.
Adopting a self-care regimen is crucial to self-knowledge on your path to personal growth and self-improvement.
There you go! I truly hope you found this modern self-care guide post helpful in helping you understand the importance and benefits of self-care in our modern times.
Even if self-care and its term have grown over the past few years, it’s really important to gain a precise understanding of what it is, and what it is not.
So my question to you is this: how are you incorporating self-care into your life?
Until Next Time,