Actually Practicing Self Care: Physical, Mental & Emotional

Original Publishing Date: February 22, 2018
Publisher: Shine
Author: Marta Brzosko

From a young age, we are taught that serving others while putting your needs behind is the right thing to do. Helping other can make us feel better about ourselves, but if only if we start taking care of ourselves can we take care of others. Self-care is when we consciously plan and make the time for our basic physical, emotional and mental needs. It helps us feel more energized and gives us the ability to face tough situations.

Physical self-care involves nutrition, exercise and rest. Mentally, one focuses on their thoughts, practicing gratitude and acceptance, on the emotional side it is accepting yourself with all your emotions especially the troublesome ones like anger, sadness, regret.

“The positive influence of self-care practices on yourself is undeniable. To notice its impact on others might take a bit more time. But if you continuously invest in time to nurture yourself, increased well-being of your peers is just a natural consequence.”

Self-care should become a daily habit, you can start with 10 minutes and then increase it to 30 minutes or more. It is important to make a commitment to take care of yourself and stick by it consistently

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