Life is hard for all of us sometimes. As much as we would like to think that it’s not or it won’t be for us, that’s just simply not true. There’s ups and downs, highs and lows on the path of life. But, this isn’t meant to discourage you. Life can definitely be great filled with amazing wonders and smooth sailing, but it’s important to realize that everybody has hard times. This is where the importance of self-care comes in. Perhaps you do a great job of caring about others, listening to them and helping them through their issues; however, when it comes to taking care of your self…you fall flat. Sound like you? Many of us may throw the idea and phrase “self-care” around, yet very few actually do a good job of doing it. I think oftentimes we push aside the hard times, the sad feelings and try to put on a 24/7 happy face. Which is not realistic.
While it is important to show compassion and care about other people, it’s also very important to take time for yourself. This isn’t being selfish or focusing only on “me, me, me”. Instead, it is the idea of making sure that you are healthy and happy so that you can then go and make an impact helping others. After all, you can’t take care of anyone else if you don’t take care of yourself first.
I know people get busy, caught up in their job, relationships, deadlines, etc. that they forget to or neglect to take the time for themselves; however, when life just gets too hard, here are some ideas for self-care to help you out.
- Take a long, hot shower or bath, dress in comfy clothes and watch your favorite movie.
- Go for a run or to the gym or do some yoga…whatever exercise makes you feel the best.
- Cuddle–whether that be on the couch or a long hug, it can help!
- Treat yourself to your favorite food/dessert–no guilt!
- Curl up with a blanket and a good book and get lost for a few hours!
- Make a gratitude journal or list of things you are grateful for.
- Pray or read the bible.
- Go for a long walk, particularly to a scenic area if possible, to clear your head.
- Call a family member, relative or friend to chat about anything.
- Give yourself an at-home manicure or pedicure.
- Have a good laugh, whatever that entails for you!
- Do something, anything you love, and do it happily!
This is just a small list, but there are plenty of other ideas out there. Here are 64 ideas from another site I found. The most important thing in all of this is that you actually take the time (30 minutes, a few hours, a day, etc) to help yourself. Life is tough, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t be tougher and fight back by caring for number one: your beyoutiful self.
If you have any other ideas of ways that you love to do self-care, comment and share!! Hope these help!