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Why you need to take care of yourself first?

Know your worth: Self-care is important to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself as it produces positive feelings and boosts your confidence and self-esteem. ... It can also lead to all sorts of health problems, from anxiety and depression to insomnia and heart diseases.

When trying to keep up with life, we don’t tend to think about putting ourself first. Often times it takes a wake up call to notice the toll this kind of lifestyle takes on our lives.

Taking care of yourself is realizing that you’re also important. It means not to unnecessarily and constantly ignore your needs and the things that make you feel good. It can be best described as helping others by helping yourself first. It means prioritizing your happiness and fulfillment without infringing on others

Making Self-Care a Priority Is Selfish


This serves as one of the significant reasons for feeling guilty when we decide to put ourselves first. A kinder, more realistic way of looking at it would be to realize that taking care of yourself replenishes you and helps you take care of your loved ones better. You’ll practically be of no use if you’re constantly being depleted. Ask yourself if you’re really willing to sacrifice your joy and mental health.


How to Take Care of Yourself

There are different methods of practicing self-care, and the trick is to find which you connect with and which seems to work best with your schedule. It also depends on the area of your life they need to be applied to.


1. Emotional Self-Care

This involves accurately projecting your emotions. When it comes to your emotional health, the best idea would be to lay out your feelings as they are and prevent unnecessary suppressing of emotions. You might feel tempted to bottle up the feelings, but the healthy option would involve accepting and dealing with these emotions. Remember that although you can’t control your emotions, you control how they affect you.


Tips for Emotional Care

  • See a therapist. Although this is optional, it can be a great way to talk through your feelings and get clear on what you want and need.

  • Reminisce constantly on good memories, as this keeps you positive.

  • Keep a thought journal or diary.

  • Never be afraid to let it out and cry, and ask for help if you need it.

  • Music is famed to be the food of the soul, and research[3] has proven that singing along to your favorite song is bound to improve your mood drastically.

2. Physical Self-Care

The benefits of self-care aren’t just limited to our minds, but it extends to show results in our physical bodies. Self-care is definitely known to improve your physical health. Even the simple act of worrying less exponentially boosts your immune system.


Tips for Physical Care

  • Practice yoga to improve your mental state and enhance muscle tone and flexibility.

  • Learn a new sport to activate the release of endorphins.

  • Take a walk and connect with the scenery and atmosphere.

  • Eat healthy to balance your hormones and offer your body everything it needs to keep you energized.

  • Ensure you get at least 7-9 hours of sleep, as this improves brain function and productivity.


3. Miscellaneous Self-Care Techniques

Take time to connect with your friends occasionally, deeply. This promotes more satisfying and meaningful relationships, which improves your overall mood[4].

Never be scared to say no to an invitation you’re too exhausted to enjoy. If you need it, take some time for yourself and put in some solid “me” time.

Meditation always helps. It also highlights a list of things you’re grateful for as it helps keep things in perspective while helping you appreciate the good things your life has to offer.

Don’t forget to take care of yourself today!

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