WHY IS SELF-CARE TO IMPORTANT AND CAN IMPROVE YOUR LIFE
We live in times where cohesion, mutual consideration, and help are once again more important in society. This is right and good but often leads us to forget the most important person in our lives: ourselves. Self-care means more than just having enough time to play BetChan.
We often take care of others first, putting our own needs second. Learning self-care and paying attention to your own well-being has nothing to do with selfishness. On the contrary, we can only be there for others and support them in the best possible way if we ourselves are mentally and physically well. Our tips and tricks tell you how this can be achieved.
WHAT IS SELF-CARE?
Learning self-care means prioritizing our own needs and boundaries, taking care of ourselves, and making sure we are doing well. Basically quite simple, yet we often find it difficult to follow this principle. Be it because of societal pressures, general achievement thinking, or because we do not want to give ourselves too much importance or allow ourselves to put ourselves first.
Self-care is much more than an item on the agenda to check off weekly or daily. Rather, it is a loving, appreciative attitude toward oneself and one’s needs that runs like a thread through all areas of our lives. Self-care means saying “no” and being able to say when we do not want to or cannot do something. Taking breaks and generally putting our health, physical and mental, first is also an important point here.
WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT?
In our minds, unfortunately, in many cases, the idea is still anchored that the value of a person is determined by his professional or social performance. We work too much, hardly allow ourselves breaks and ignore health warning signs of our body. However, exploiting ourselves to meet supposed social norms creates stress and, in the long run, can make us sick. The spectrum ranges from burnout and depression to obesity and heart attacks. By then, at the latest, we can no longer help others or fulfill our “duties.”
Learning self-care means perceiving ourselves as lovable and important and knowing and respecting our own limits and needs. This also benefits those around us. It makes little sense, for example, to promise help with a move but then find yourself barely able to carry anything because you are physically exhausted from the week before or have trouble carrying heavy items anyway. At the same time, self-care strengthens our resilience, i.e. the ability to cope well with crises and thus to stand by others in difficult situations:
WHAT TO LEARN FROM IT?
Many of us find it difficult to give our own needs top priority and to say “no” when we cannot take it anymore. We shy away from this because we fear that we will then no longer be there enough for others. Learning self-care, therefore, works best with small changes in our daily lives. For example, when we start to pay attention to our diet. Providing your own body with all the nutrients it needs to be healthy and productive is a form of self-care that is also perceived positively by those around you. Support in putting together a menu or analyzing one’s own eating behavior is offered.
Another starting point for learning self-care is to do more sports. Why not get out and about? Because exercise is healthy for many reasons. It stimulates circulation, boosts brain activity, reduces stress, helps prevent obesity, is a balance to a mostly sedentary job, and provides necessary breaks from everyday life. Exercising for half an hour several times a week means doing something for your own health and thus taking care of your own well-being.