Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Importance of Self Care

As you pursue overall wellness and health in all area’s of your life. It is extremely important if you want to meet your goals,  that you take into consideration the following common factor in all of them.
YOU! There is nothing selfish in making sure you are a healthy individual. In fact, it is one of the most important things you can not only honor God with, but those who love you.
You are the one in which the power lies to choose. You make the choices every day that ultimately affect your overall vitality, spirituality, wellbeing, and health.
Why is self care so important?
- Self care and pampering leads to overall health to your spirit and emotional health almost as much as a healthy diet and exercise program. Proper relaxation techniques can help reduce stress, anxiety and tension which all can cause a variety of serious health problems.
-Self care is important because you matter! By taking time to care for the inner most part of who you are, your allowing others to see that you care about your body enough to make sure you are nurturing yourself so you can be the best person overall for those around you. This sends a clear message that you value healthy wellbeing.
-Self care makes you a better caretaker. How can you provide or care for other’s when you do not see the importance of making time for yourself to refuel and re-energize.
-Avoiding self care leads to overall feelings of unhappiness, exhaustion, sadness, depression, and often resentment.
Ways to incorporate self care:
-Enjoy a quiet bath.
-Make a place in your home a retreat and spend a few minutes there each day.
-Schedule time to meditate on the good things in your life/pray.
-Take walks or join a gym.
-Meet a friend for coffee or just to have some conversation.
-Schedule a massage.
-Sip on some herbal tea to relax your body.
-Get into the sunshine for at least 15 minutes a day.

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