For many, Self-Care looks like a glass of wine and a spa day, for others, it may look like meditation, for some it may look like sleeping in late or binging their favourite T.V. shows. What if I told you that there are a million and more ways in which we can practice Self- Care? Yes!!! Self- Care is solely dependent on you!!! So, without further ado, let’s talk about Self- Care!!!

 

Importance of Self- Care

Nobody will ever know you like yourself. As simple and straightforward as that statement may be, many of us forget that Self-Care starts with ourselves. Self- Care is the process of looking after yourself in every single aspect that works best for you. Practicing Self- Care helps you to improve your productivity, uplifts your mood, improves your health and most importantly it serves as a type of motivation. When you feel good you tend to want to take on the world.

 

Why is Self- Care an art?

Art is so powerful that it cannot be placed inside a box. As a matter of fact, some of the best works of art came from thinking outside of the box. Both art and Self- Care help to connect you with yourself whether it may be finding out your passion or just understanding and learning more about who you are. So how is Self- Care an art? Well, art is a means of creation and expression, when you practice Self- Care you are expressing and creating methods for yourself to become better at a skill, improve on yourself, improve your health, create solutions to problems, generate ideas or just to feel good, which subsequently is one of the many reasons people partake in art.

 

How do I practice Self- Care?

Self-Care IS NOT Selfish. Do not feel guilty for taking time out for yourself and do not let anyone make you feel like it is not warranted or necessary. Taking time out to properly look after yourself is very important because you cannot help others or look out for others without looking out for yourself (you cannot pour from an empty cup).

Here are some steps you can take to properly practice the art of Self-Care:

  1. Determine why Self- Care is important to you. Self- Care looks different for everyone. Sometimes, we may get pressured into thinking that Self- Care ONLY looks like Yoga and tea when this is NOT the case. It could be important for you to destress or help improve your mental state. Nobody knows you better than you know yourself so take the time out of your day to think deeply on the benefits of Self- Care and what Self- Care looks like for you. This will help you to come up with unique ways to practice Self- Care.
  2. Write down a list of things you would like to gain from practicing Self-Care. This list can help you to come up with unique ways for your Self- Care practice. The list can include things such as to improve your mental health, to treat yourself, to practice self- love and so on.
  3. Create a Self- Care plan: A Self- Care plan is your own special way that you will be doing to take care of yourself. You can set specific times, dates and goals.
  4. Try out everything that piques your interest. There is no set way to take care of yourself, so have fun with it. If you always wanted to take a dance class, writing, or go to a paint and sip just to unwind. Do not focus on being perfect or whether you have two left feet; it is about destressing making yourself better.
  5. Cheer on yourself: Self- Care can be anything from drinking a smoothie to having a Movie day. Do not be hard on yourself for not having a perfect Self- Care routine. You are still amazing! Just by taking the interest to take care of yourself is something to be happy about.
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