Self Care Essentials

Though the term sounds incredibly simple, many are confused on the actual definition of self-care. The truth of the matter is, self-care encompasses an uncomplicated yet multi-faceted meaning. In the simplest of terms, it is care provided by you, for you.

For a lot of us, the first thing that comes to mind is sitting in the fancy massaging chairs at the salon while someone performs a much needed and overdue pedicure. But let’s think outside the box here for a bit and discover what all “self-care” really entails.

Benefits of Self-Care

Quality of life as a whole is affected by balancing output and input. If your output is greater than your input, you probably aren’t functioning at full capacity. It’s similar to only putting enough gas in the car to get through the task at hand. Continue reading

Self-care is much more than simply pampering yourself. It’s you taking care of you. Think of all the things on a daily basis most of us do for others. Work duties, chores at home, family time… etc. Sure, the paycheck is probably important, but that report you run every week and turn over to upper management isn’t for you.

Taking care of a sink full of dishes or keeping up with the laundry isn’t exactly something most of us like to do either. Raising children and caring for family members is sometimes more like a job and less enjoyable at times as well.

Sustaining Others

Self-care is about you, but not only. Unless you are living on a desert island, almost certainly someone else, or many others, depend on you in some way for support. This may be very practical, as in physical or financial. Or it may be emotional or social support. Continue reading