We would all love a little more 'zen' in our lives but are we willing to take the time needed to create it?
You may read about wellbeing & self-care and simply think it is the latest craze, but the truth is, without looking after our wellbeing and taking care of ourselves, life can be significantly harder.
Put simply, our health, energy and mindset are all incredibly important to our ability to enjoy life and this requires a positive approach to your own self-care.
Looking inwards, noticing and taking care of our own needs is something that we should all practice daily, yet so few people actually prioritise this.
For many of us, we've been taught to constantly look after the needs of others and put our own needs last, which often leads to burnout and ill health in one form or another.
Even now, with the world in lockdown and most of us confined to our. own homes for the past 5 weeks, self-care is still no doubt the bottom of the list for many. New projects fill the space created and new distractions steal our attention away from this important actvity - looking after ourselves, filling our tank mind, body and spiritually.
It’s so important to make sure you take good care of your body, mind, and soul every
day and even more so now during these stressful times of living with Covid-19.
Ensuring that we eat healthily, reduce stress, exercise regularly, and take a time-out when we need it are touchstones of self-care and can help us to stay healthy and more resilient in stressful times.Why We Often Fail at Self-Care?
It sounds pretty simple, yet for so many actually practicing self-care isn’t always easy. Getting caught up in our ‘to do’ list and crazy lives often means this feels like a luxury we can’t afford. ‘Me time’ is usually the last thing on our agenda.
Another issue is that we often feel guilty about taking time out for ourselves. With all of this going on, it’s no wonder we often neglect ourselves until we have hit rock bottom and our bodies are telling us loudly and clearly that things need to change.
Fortunately, there are many things you can do to engage in self-care. To start, it’s important to know what self-care means to you. What would you love to spend more time doing, that would also be good for your mind, body and spirit.
If you find it difficult to answer this or even know wher to begin ,there are many tools available. You can take an online quiz, order a book or magazine (see our resources list) and read up about self-care, join self-care group online, or work with a coach or therapist who can help support your progress.
No matter which approach you choose, the goal is to figure out which self-care strategies work best for you, learn how to use these strategies, and implement them in your regular routine so you can boost your well-being not only today but forever.
The mind is the body’s command centre, and if it’s scrambled or overloaded, life can go haywire. Our busy adult lives often toss up one challenge after another and we often feel completely out of control. However, but taking some simple measures can reduce this overwhelm and help to steer us calmly through these daily challenges.
It is estimated that we think approximately 80,000 thoughts in any given day. Many of these can be negative or stress-inducing, which in turn affects the chemicals released into our body
When we don't look after our mental wellbeing, we can feel overwhelmed by life. A sense of apathy, wondering what it's all for or even suffer from depression, anxiety or a range of mental health issues. Prevention really is better than cure.Write it out.
The benefit of getting these thoughts out of our heads and down onto paper is not to be underestimated.
Journaling, or writing out your thoughts became very popular following the publication of self help book “The Artist’s Way,” by Julia Cameron. Ms. Cameron describes the morning pages as “three pages of longhand writing, strictly stream-of-consciousness,” done as soon as one wakes. They are “not meant to be art. Or even writing.” They need not be smart, or funny, or particularly deep — in fact, it’s better if they’re not.
Ms. Cameron encourages practitioners to think of them as “brain drain,” a way to expel “all that angry, petty, whiny stuff” that “eddies through our subconscious and muddies our days.” We carry around a myriad of thoughts and it can often be exhausting. Writing them out is a great way to release much of these.
What we put into our bodies is incredibly important when it comes to our health and well-being.
A balanced diet is important because your organs and tissues need proper nutrition to work effectively. Without good nutrition, your body is more prone to disease, infection, fatigue, and affect your ability to function from day to day.
Our bodies are made mostly of water, and so it makes sense that including enough of this in your day to day routine is crucial to maintaining good health. Shoot for at least two litres a day, although you may need more if you are training hard or if the weather is hot.
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Exercising regularly can help you become more focused and present with your partner, children, and with yourself. Regular exercise can help improve your mood, give you energy, and even extend your life span.
In fact it has huge benefits in almost all areas of health, including mental health. Luckily, this wonder drug is accessible to all on a sliding scale from free on up.
To reap these benefits, aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. If you find exercise a challenge then check out our link to some very simple ways of including this in your daily life. Check out some of our Top Exercise Tips
A good night’s sleep is vital to our physical health and emotional wellbeing. In fact, sleep is just as important to our health as eating, drinking and breathing. It enables our bodies to repair themselves and our brains to consolidate our and process all activity from our busy daily lives.
Poor quality sleep is linked to physical problems such as a weakened immune system and mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.
Here is a link to the top Ten Reasons Why Sleep is Important to us.
To find out more about getting a good night sleep, check out this article on our blog.
Simply put, spiritual self-care is the activity we engage in to find and nurture our spirit. That sense of connection to a Higher Power and finding meaning for our lives. Just as it is essential to nurture your body with food, it is important to nurture your soul with spirit and have a spiritual self care practice
There are many spiritual ways of implementing spiritual self care into our lives. From meditation to prayer or connecting regularly with nature. It can be different for everyone and while some of us may find that one particular spiritual path feels right and helps us find meaning and understanding for life, others may find spiritual meaning through other means.
Some popular ways of
Meditation has grown hugely in popularity in recent years. From Olympic athletes to celebrities, the benefits of meditating are widely acknowledged.
Simply put it is the art of sitting quietly and detaching from your thoughts, even if just for a few minutes or even a few seconds.
As we grow up, our society teaches us to be more engaged in doing or accomplishing, and we lose this natural tendency to just 'be' in the present moment. We learn that we should constantly focus on everything outside of ourselves, and we forget how to look within. If we sit in meditation for just fifteen minutes a day, we can recapture the feeling of refreshment and restore a sense of harmony to our lives.
Those who meditate on a regular basis say that their lives seem more manageable. After meditating you feel refreshed, you are able to detach from worries and concerns and you are usually restored to a sense of balance.
Meditation can also be body movement with complete focus on the present moment that moves you out of your thoughts. Some people experience this state when they exercise and “get into the zone.”
Regardless of where you find spiritual meaning, a certain amount of effort and discipline are necessary for establishing and maintaining spiritual nurturance.
For some spiritual self-care begins with feeling connected with a greater power or energy source, such as with God, Buddha (or any other Higher Power) or in a more generic way fate or the 'Universe'.
All of us are created from energy and have a vital life force flowing within us that connects us to one another and to life. When we feel this presence, we are connecting to our Higher Power.
When our lives are going well you don’t usually think too much about your Higher Power. Yet, when times become challenging, when you most need support and reassurance, you often lose a sense of connection to God or your Higher Self. It is not uncommon to feel as if you have been cut adrift and you are not sure of how to proceed in life. You may even think that you just cannot go on. Saguaro Cactus flower essence helps you find that the inner wisdom and strength that you seek is located right within yourself, and you can go on for one more breath, one more hour, or one more day.
We appreciate that It can be hard for us all to find extra time for self care. This is why it’s extremely important to plan regular self-care time into your diary. Whether it's time alone, with friends or going to a class - thee moments can help to move forward in your life in a positive, balance way.
The more you can work self-care time into your schedule, the better you will feel, the more joy you will get out of life and instead of being overwhelmed you will thrive.
Sometimes it's hard to know where to start, where to look for tips or tools on your self care journey. There are many life and wellbeing coaches out there who offer one to one training programs to focus on positive steps you can take daily and weekly to work towards a better balance and incorporating a self care routine in your life.