The term “Self-Care” has become increasingly popular over the last several years. Many people highlight the importance of self-care, but few talk about the actual health implications that research associates with a lack of good, consistent self-care. With self-care day being last Friday, July 25, what better time to truly discuss why it’s so important?
Let’s start by first defining self-care… Self-care, according to Oxford Languages, is the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health. Basically, you are practicing self-care when you take any deliberate action to improve or maintain your mental, emotional, and/or physical health and well-being.
So… why is self-care important?
A lack of self-care and investment in your own personal well-being can lead to many negative consequences. Increased anxiety, anger, irritability, inability to focus, and tiredness are just a few of the associated negative impacts that a lack of self-care can cause. Not only are the effects uncomfortable, a continued lack of self-care can actually contribute to major health issues.
Did you know that increased stress levels over lengthy periods of time can actually lead to major health issues like depression and heart disease?
Taking even just a few moments each day to practice self-care can significantly reduce stress levels and lead to a happier and healthier you! You will experience a more stable, positive mood and significantly decrease your risk of developing debilitating health problems.
What can you do to practice good self-care?
Start small! The most important part of self-care is consistency. It is necessary to practice it regularly, so start small in order to build up the habit. Try taking 5-10 minutes each day to do something you really enjoy, like going for a walk, reading, exercising, or just sitting still.
Whatever it is you choose to do, be sure it is something you truly enjoy and brings you to a state of calmness. Start today, the time for a happy and healthy you is NOW!
For more tips on self-care, visit: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/click-here-happiness/201812/self-care-12-ways-take-better-care-yourself