It’s easy to neglect taking care of ourselves because we’re busy and overwhelmed, even a small reprieve feels like a luxury. So actually taking the time to eat lunches, exercise and hanging out with friends may feel like you’re slacking. That mindset backfires, though. Self-care actually makes progress faster for a few reasons.
Self-care prevents overload burnout. We’ve all been there: you push yourself to the point that you can’t take anymore so you just give up. Self-care avoids you getting to that point.
Self-care reduces the negative effects of stress. A small amount of stress can serve a purpose, but after a while, it just breaks down your mind and body.
Taking care of yourself means keeping your stress from taking over so you can function at full capacity. It helps you refocus when you’re stuck on a complicated project or a problem. Walking away and coming back, taking a break basically usually allows you to come back to perform better.
Some ideas for practising self-care
- Go for a walk
- Get a hug
- Play with a dog
- Clean and reorganise your home
- Read a book
- Learn a new skill like photography or drawing
- Do a DIY project
- Turn your phone off
- Practise yoga
- Light a candle
- Talk with a friend
- Go on a date
- Gratitude List