Some of the things you are going to see:
1.What is self care?
2.Why is self care important?
- Areas of self care?
4.What are the things you should do to take care of your well being?
The pursuit of money and career excellence has led many to ignore taking care of their well being.
Many have sacrificed well being for other priorities only to have those things but have no good health to enjoy what were prioritized ahead of well being.
The consequences of ignoring self care are enormous. They include increase chances to fall into depression, a cycle of anxiety attacks and have recurring bouts of frustration, anger and sadness.
Life is meaningless without enduring feelings of happiness and inner peace. Self care has been clinically proven to increase happiness, improve energy, reduce stress, eliminate anxiety, improve concentration, reduce stress and improve other positives.
These are the reasons self-care is very important.
What is self care?
World Health Organization (WHO) defines self care as the ability of individuals, families and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health and to cope with illness and disability with or without the support of health care providers.
Self care covers those routine activities we should engage in to maintain and promote well being. The following areas of self care have been identified;
- Social and,
- Physical self care:
If you’ve not been there,
You wouldn’t realize from stories heard,
that imagination is a dream,
but experience is living the reality.
Your physical care is important. You need to be strong enough physically to attend to a significant portion of your daily routine.
You have to be on the level of energy that see accomplish tasks with no stress and the feeling of frequent exhaustion. This level of energy comes from paying attention to your physical self care.
It doesn’t take much, you just to have to do the following regularly;
- Go for a walk,
- Eat healthy,
- Engage in physical exercise.
- Drink a lot of water,
- Have enough hours of sleep daily.
. 2. Emotional self care:
Take care of your heart.
It’s the engine room of your life.
The experience of negative emotions like anger, depression and anxiety is a product of ignoring emotional self care. When you ignore it, you will not focus on taking precautionary measures to stop yourself from being a victim.
When you engage in emotional self care, you will be conscious of negative triggers or warning signs and steer yourself away from negative emotions. Or get yourself out at the early stage when it’s not yet harmful.
Emotional self care emphasizes self-love. This means that you shouldn’t do things, be where and with people that open you up to self-hatred. Have boundaries.
3. Psychological self care:
Your mental health is the foundation of a productive life. Mental health is boosted by routine psychological self care that constantly reminds to practice mindfulness and self discipline on a daily basis.
Set a goal and focus on achieving that one goal before moving onto another one. Maintaining the focus required to achieve the goal demands the avoidance of distractions that could derail you.
You can achieve laser focus by following a daily routine designed to keep you on the tracks of your set goals.
Practicing positive self talk, reading inspirational books and applying the acquired knowledge promote psychological self care.
4. Financial self care:
It’s not funny
when you lose money.
Having a personal budget and staying faithful to it is the best way to develop and maintain a good financial self care.
Be conscious of the sources of your income and what you spend your money on. Planning expenditure and resisting the urge to spend outside your budget will keep you conscious of your finances.
Overshooting your budget could cause you stress when you have to spend more on debt repayment and have little or nothing to pay common regular bills.
5. Social self care:
If you don’t want your needs
to bring you down to your knees,
then build a network of true friends
that will be there for you when the sun shines and when it rains.
We are made to need each other because no one is complete without others. So you have to build bridges and reach out to other people for the things you need to promote your well being.
Sometimes, those we share the social space and lean on for on for support disappoint us, get us angry and cause us pains. They say words and do things that have negative effects on our well being.
So if you’re interested in protecting your health, you’ve to be interested in your social self care.
You’ve to learn to be with only friends who sincerely care about you and your feelings. You’ve to be bold enough to cut off from those who talk down to you and diminish your self worth.
You’ve to choose to move in the circle of those who believe in you and encourage you to be the best of you.
You must never forget that you alone can decide to be on the path that leads to happiness or the path that leads to misery.
6. Professional self care:
Offer the best of you when it’s necessary
But know when to stop and where to draw the boundaries when it’s necessary.
Your professional growth and career advancement depend on the commitment to give your very best to your job, the people you work with and the people you work for.
On the opposite side, it doesn’t depend on not knowing where the boundaries should be.
Use your talent and your skills to do the best job you can. Share same with colleagues and other staff who are genuinely in need of your assistance.
But remember that taking on too much workload could be counterproductive; you may produce poor results that question your competence.
What about allowing colleagues unregulated access to you? Don’t you think they may take excessive advantage of your generosity and leave you stressed out at the end of every work day.
Your productivity will suffer when you allow the pattern to continue.
In conclusion, your health is your real wealth. It’s your most precious asset, so you’ve the choice to prioritize it above every other thing in your life.