Self-care includes any intentional act to take care of one’s mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Self-care promotes self-growth, which will always be a win-win situation. Some may read a book, go on a bike ride, take a relaxing walk while others may simply sit in a darkened room and just be.
So, why is self-care so important? Self-care allows you to improve our quality of health. When stressors and anxieties are getting the best of us, we feel run down, stressed out and we begin to feel burned out. Therefore, self-care gives yourself permission to respect yourself and take proper care of yourself.
Some may argue that self-care is in the territory of the self-involved. However, taking care of oneself is one of the main key contributors that could potentially increase happiness, decrease anxiety, and decrease depression. Secondly, self-care may improve physical health as well. Aches and pains are also connected to our moods. Our bodies are full of different systems, yet our bodies still work as a whole; therefore, if our moods are down, our body will become impacted. If our moods are elevated, our bodies may respond differently.
Lastly, self-care allows you find fulfillment in your passions in life or it may help you discover new passions. Utilizing your own unique methods of self-care can promote decreased stress, decreased anxiety and it can potentially help relaxation. We live in an area where we serve others and it is a beneficial experience when we can make others smile; however, giving yourself permission to “stop and smell the roses” may systemically impact your day in a positive manner.
Ashley Bergman, B.S. Professional Counseling/MFT
Graduate Student Therapist
Disclaimer: Topics and subjects that pertain to any individual(s) is coincidental.The content of this article does not constitute mental health assessment, diagnosis, treatment or support. Please consult a mental health practitioner if you would like to seek counseling.