In today’s fast-paced world, we often get swept up in the go-go-go culture. I know I am guilty of this. Sometimes when I am super busy, I find myself in autopilot mode and realize that I have not truly been present for days on end. Being productive is great, but checking items off our to-do list should not be the measure of our self-worth. You can spend time relaxing and prioritize time to yourself without feeling like you are wasting time. In fact, caring for ourselves should be celebrated and encouraged. Let’s discuss the importance of self-care and explore ways to prioritize time for yourself during the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Why Self-Care is Important
Self-care is essential to maintain good mental, physical, and emotional health. We need these areas to be functioning at their highest potential in order to live well and perform the tasks we are expected to do daily. When practicing self-care we replenish our energy, reduce stress and anxiety, improve physical health, boost our mood and happiness, and cultivate better relationships with ourselves and the people in our lives (Caring for Your Mental Health).
20 Self-Care Ideas
Cozy up with a good book
Go for a walk or hike in nature
Spend time with your pet
Write in a journal
Create a music playlist
Unplug from technology
Explore a hobby or learn something new
Take yourself out on a date
Try a new recipe
Enjoy an at-home spa day
Clean an area in your home
Engage in a creative activity like painting or practicing an instrument
Listen to a podcast
Have a movie night
Organize your closet
Make a vision board
Sing and dance to your favorite music
Call someone you love
Remember, spending time alone is an opportunity to recharge in order to be the best version of yourself. Self-care may look different for everyone, so be gentle with yourself and give yourself what you need. I know how hard it can be to find time for yourself, so I like to schedule it into my daily routine so that I treat it like the priority it is.
“Caring for Your Mental Health.” National Institute of Mental Health, www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/caring-for-your-mental-health#:~:text=Self%2Dcare%20means%20taking%20the,illness%2C%20and%20increase%20your%20energy. Accessed 18 June 2023.