Many of us spend so much time focusing on the future that we forget to take care of ourselves and to live in the present.
We all have so many responsibilities that make us feel like we need to put our happiness and health on the back burner until we finish the things that we have labelled as our top priority.
I know this was particularly true for me until I decided to make a change and put my health and happiness first.
Self-care to me is about doing the things that help you perform at your best.
It’s about creating and developing the necessary habits to help you feel good and help those around you instead of draining them.
In this blog post, I am going to share with you the importance of self-care, and how putting your physical and mental health first will help you accomplish all of your goals!
Why Self-Care is So Important
All work and no play has many negative effects to our overall health, happiness and productivity.
Many of us constantly work day and night with very few breaks and little to no sleep.
We skip the gym and say “I’ll just go tomorrow” while we eat unhealthy foods and work ourselves until we fall asleep at our desks.
This is a recipe for disaster and is the reason we are currently suffering from a stress and burnout epidemic.
Making the time to get plenty of rest, prep healthy meals, and enjoying your days off by either spending time with friends
Or finding the hobbies that you enjoy doing is crucial for your health.
Furthermore, setting aside some alone time to just relax is just as important.
Practicing meditation and self-reflection are great ways to contemplate your life.
There may be some changes that you want to make but you just have no idea where to start.
Setting aside just 20 minutes to practice self-reflection is a great way to identify what changes you want to make so that you can come up with a plan to make it.
Try setting aside just 20 minutes a night for daily self-reflection. Think about some of the things that happened today.
Could you have handled some things differently?
Did you stress out about a certain problem that actually had a simple solution?
Give yourself the time to do this every day and you will soon start to notice the changes you need to make or want to make so that you can become the person you want to.
Nobody is perfect, but if we aren’t constantly learning and progressing then we are going backwards.
Life is a constant wave. We just have to keep moving forward, but it starts with taking care of ourselves so that we can enjoy the ones that we love the most.