In our hectic, stress-filled daily lives we often have to juggle a lot of commitments. There’s work, family, home, friends, pets and so on. With everything that’s happening in your busy life, the easiest person to ignore is often your own self. Rushing from one task to another, you can often end up sacrificing your own needs in the process. Sometimes it’s an emergency and you cannot help it; however, if it becomes a pattern, you need to stop and notice what’s happening before it gets worse. Self-care is nothing but the very essential act of ensuring that while you are taking care of other commitments, you don’t forget to take care of yourself.
Remember, we are all responsible for our own selves. Women in particular are often not very good at self-care – they tend to put their children, husbands, parents, bosses and literally half the world before themselves. To all those who do this, my question is – how will you take care of others if you don’t take care of yourself first? It’s like the flight safety briefing on an airplane – please put on your own mask first and then help others.
It took me years to understand the importance of taking care of myself. I am still learning, although it has become easier with time. When you don’t look after your own well-being – physical, mental, emotional, even spiritual if you like – you are essentially downplaying your importance to yourself. Also, when the absence of self-care starts to cause complications in your life, will it also not impact at least some of the people you tend to ignore yourself for?
Some people see self-care as a selfish indulgence. I am here to tell you, it is not. It is an essential survival tactic in today’s world. It helps you deal with the side-effects of having a busy, stressful life. Ultimately, it makes you healthier, happier and more productive. Self-care simply means doing something that gives your mind and body a rest, allows your stress levels to fall, refreshes and energizes you, and makes you feel better about yourself and about life in general. You don’t need to go all the way to a Yoga retreat for this. Small things done at regular intervals will help.
In my next blog post, I will list out some essential and helpful self-care techniques that can be practised by anybody. In the meantime I’d love to see your comments and questions here.
Have a great week!!