The Many Meanings of Self-Care

Here is a post that’s long overdue but highly relatable and appropriate for absolutely anyone reading.

What is self-care?

Self-care is any activity that you perform to initiate, maintain, or enhance your emotional, mental, and physical well-being. It’s different for everyone because we’re all unique individuals. We all like & dislike different things so each of our self-care methods or routines are just as special as our preferences.

What activities can be considered self-care?

Since self-care is such a personal thing for everyone, you will benefit most from finding activities that you like or make you feel good. One thing that I’ve learned is that you truly have to listen to yourself and the little voice within to “self-care” correctly.

Does this feel right?
Do I feel accomplished?
Do I feel happy?
Do I feel comfortable?
Do I feel confident?

These questions should yield positive answers if you’re doing it the right way. So here’s the real answer to the question above… what activities can be considered self-care? You have to answer that for yourself.

Some examples of self-care activities can be journal writing, eating a healthy snack, washing your face, taking a walk, meditating, breathing exercises, working out, or anything else you thoroughly enjoy or leaves you with lasting feel-good hormones.

How can I make time for self-care?

This is probably the 2nd most important thing about self-care… finding the time to self-care. I discovered more often than not, people will brush off their needs completely due to work and demands at home. BUT the fact of the matter is that you have to find time even within a chaotic schedule.

Maybe it’s your train ride to work/school, the 15-minute break you take during work or in between classes, the wait at a doctor’s office, etc. Any tiny bit of time has the potential to be more valuable than you might be allowing. Utilize all of the time you have even if it’s in bits and pieces. A little self-care goes a long way.

What are the benefits of self-care?

Self-care is beneficial because it promotes good mental health. Good mental health reinforces good physical health and vice versa. Self-care can be the difference in having better days and making the most out of everyday situations. Consider a more confident and comfortable you just because you’ve made time for yourself. Wouldn’t that you be more successful?

I hope that was insightful in one way or another. Feel free to provide any feedback from reading or your own personal experience by emailing me directly at alyssablooms@gmail.com.

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