The Importance of Self Care
Have you ever wore yourself out so much that you could not keep going or had a hard time controlling your emotions? I have been there many times, mostly when I am overdoing myself with life or when I have not taken a moment for myself. We all get caught up in life and put others before us in our every day lives. From work, the relationships, to kids, to animals, to bills and anything else that exists in our lives they can take a lot out of you. This is where self care comes into play.
I went to school to get my Master’s degree in social work and they hounded us day in and day out about how important self care is. It was not till I started practicing social work that I understood the importance of self care. I was working full time (38 hours a week), going to school full time (15 credit hours) and doing practicum full time (24 hours) a week and somehow managing to keep a new marriage afloat. Then bring along a brand new puppy and a grandmother dying. I could not possibly handle anymore stress or life on top of that.
One day I dropped a plate of spaghetti on my apartment floor and officially had a breakdown. I had tears streaming down my face, I couldn’t breathe and all because of the silly spaghetti hitting the floor. This was my rock bottom for not taking care of myself. I knew something had to change and I had to start taking time for me. I rearranged my schedules so that I would have one whole day off by myself. This would allow me to have time to unwind and be by myself. This would be my “me” time.
Self care is important because we need time to unwind, be ourselves and have time to just simply live. Self care also prevents burn out, which means that you have pushed yourself so hard and you eventually just give up. Which none of us ever want that to happen, especially in our jobs and daily lives. Therefore we must all practice self care, carve time out for it in your busy schedule or make a day of it. Below I will give you 20 different ideas for ways you can do self care.
My Top 20 Ideas for Self Care:
1.) Watch tv or a movie
There are so many new ways to watch tv or movies. Even if it’s just an hour to catch up on your favorite tv show, this is a great way to do self care.
2.) Go on a trip
There are many different places to explore in this world. You can take a weekend trip to full trip. This is personally my favorite form of self care.
3.) Go get a massage
Massages have healing powers for not only your physical body but it has been proven to improve brain function.
4.) Go get a manicure or pedicure
This is a relaxing way to take care of you. If you have never had one, I highly suggest both. As someone who doesn’t like people touching their feet, I will put that aside to have a pedicure done any day.
5.) Sit outside
One of my favorite ways to unwind is to sit outside. Nature changes my mood and makes me 100% more happy, especially when the sun is out.
6.) Read a book
Reading a book allows you to focus on the words on pages and someone else’s story.
7.) Go for a walk or workout
8.) Go dancing
9.) Go to dinner
Splurging on your favorite meal or favorite place to eat is always a special treat in my book.
10.) Have an “adult” drink or go out for one
11.) Do something creative
You do not have to be good at art to do something creative. You can draw, write, paint and so much more. This helps me to focus on something right in front of me and de-stress me at the same time.
12.) Go for a drive
The drive does not have to be long but just driving down the highway jamming to my favorite song helps me to get out of my head. This also helps me to relax and focus on the road.
13.) Listen to the radio or music
Music and the radio get me out of my head. Whether I am singing to the top of my lungs or dancing my heart out I am simply out of my head even if it’s just for the few short minutes the song is playing.
14.) Hangout with your pet
I am a true pet lover because I feel they make my life better. If you do not have a pet, I highly suggest getting one. My personal favorite are dogs because they are loyal and very loving.
15.) Play your favorite sport
Playing a sport does not have to end in high school. There are adult teams out there, they are helpful to meet new people and to continue playing a sport you love.
16.) Spend time with family and friends
Many people choose to spend time with family and friends. If you are an introvert like me, I need my alone time. If you are an extrovert, alone time is the worst thing.
17.) Take a hot shower or bath
Many of us do not have the time to take a hot shower or bath as we are running from this to that. Taking a few short minutes to take a hot bath is a great way to relax and unwind for some me time.
18.) Bake or Cook
I prefer to bake than cook because I love sweets, as they are an important food group (haha). This is a wonderful way to focus on something even if it is not only for you.
19.) Scroll through social media
Taking the time to look through social media can be a way to de-stress and focus on other things.
20.) Go shopping
I have always heard shopping is therapeutic and it gives you a reason to splurge on yourself.
As you can see there are many different ideas for self care that you can partake in. Some do not have to cost a thing, others may cost some money. Self care does not have to be expensive, but sometimes it is nice to splurge on yourself to remind yourself of how important you actually are. Remember that it is not bad to take time for yourself, I had professors remind me of that each and every day in school. It will forever be a phrase that I remember for the rest of my life. Since I have been partaking in self care my life has felt so much more rich, happy and fulfilling. What is your way to have your “me” time? Let me know.
Stay tuned this week for a post on how to plan a cruise and Grand Turk, Turk and Caicos. I hope you have enjoyed this segment on self care. See you soon.