We live in a crazy world, that means good and bad. Crazy doesn’t mean focusing on the negative, but we all get busy
“Coffee, nothing more enjoyable than starting your day with this”
When I look at the subject of this post I cannot sit here and tell you I am a master of it, in fact, I’m still learning how to balance my life to incorporate it into my own life.
What is self-care? I have no definition from a source, I talk about what the meaning is for me. Self-care is taking care of you when you are busy, living with illness and taking time out of your day or week to focus on your needs, what you want to do that makes you smile.
“Busy at university, focussing on my goals, notice the coffee!”
The key to self-care is to realise that you need to stop and think about this is a conscious way. You don’t want to realise at the last minute that you are on the tip of a breaking point because you failed to recognise the need to look after you.
“Recognising that you need to look after yourself is the greateast power that you have. Never take your own health for granted”
We are human. We are mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, we are anybody that reflects the need to take time out. It is not enough to say ‘I will go for that walk’, it’s important to do it. I preach it but I have found of late that I am not taking my own advice, ironic that I am writing this article about it. I have found that writing (even at5am in the morning) therapeutic. It’s my form of self-care, but as true as I am, there are many things I love to do when things get too much for me.
“The Beach, with music in my ears.. no greater feeling than walking with the salt air surrounding my senses, taking time out for me”
I am happy to say I have very few people that I call friends. These are the ones that I enjoy sharing a drink, coffee, laughs and quality time with. I’m fortunate that we are on this journey of life together.
“Friends that lift your spirit, laugh with you and accept you unconditionally for the person that I am”
Before I hear your inner voice say, as mine has, ‘that I don’t have time’, we need to make that time. If we don’t take the time to focus on us, we can lose who we are as people.
The key is to find what it is that you enjoy doing. I know for myself I enjoy the creative side of my nature. I enjoy writing, art, walking, music; these are mine.. what are yours?
I urge anyone that reads this article to take the time and really think and prioritise what self-care is in their life. It is so important that I took time out for a few days over the last week to catch up on sleep and reflect on what I want in my life.
I write with heart, I am no expert, but I do know one thing if we don’t look after ourselves who will? We can’t rely on others to do what makes us happy, time for us as individuals to take control.
“Find your self-care and you might be surprised at how much you needed it to be a better, healthier, emotionally and physically better person for it”
STOP – after you read this article, think about your self-care, think of what you used to do and what you can do this again or find a new self-care activity .
We live in a fast paced world, take time out for you, it really is important,
“going to the movies”
SELF-CARE – “find yourself in a world that at times we get lost in it”
Written by Lina Raudino