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Updated: Feb 9
As fall blends into the scenery and the days grow shorter, it is easy to forget about taking care of ourselves. It’s a busy time of year with Halloween fast approaching, and we are getting hints of the holidays just about the corner; now is the time more than ever to pay attention to our wellbeing. Self-care is not self-indulgence; it is an act of self-preservation. And, it makes it much easier to take care of others if we take care of ourselves. We can nurture ourselves in many ways that don’t cost a thing. Like reading a book, walking on a path along the water or in the trees, taking a bath, spending a few moments each day to reflect and meditate; music, podcasts…the list is endless. Whatever way we prefer to unwind, we must make it part of our everyday lives, including health modalities that get to the root of helping the body get balanced and be pain-free. ACU (acupuncture) naps are one of my favourite ways to self-care. It deeply helps my body relax and go into repair mode. I always get a hop in my step after treatment.
What are the benefits of self-care?
Cultivating a self-care practice is a lot like building a muscle. It takes consistent energy and time but is totally worth it. As you open yourself up to self-care, what it is, and the importance of it, it helps you to reconnect with yourself and what you really want out of your life. “Play” is not just for kids and doing things for yourself is not “selfish,” it’s perhaps the greatest act of self-love there is. Here are four other benefits to making self-care a priority.
You’ll become more productive.
No, really, you will! It seems counterintuitive but slowing down means you’ll focus more on what’s truly important and be more intentional with your time. Once you’ve made self-care and a healthy lifestyle a priority, crossing items off your to-do list becomes a lot more efficient. Say no to commitments that don’t serve you. And say yes to the yoga class or coffee with your friend that you’ve been putting off.
It gives you a break from stress and boosts your immune system.
What do extra rest, exercise and mindfulness all have in common? They activate your parasympathetic nervous system, put your body in ‘rest and restore’ mode and give your body a chance to decompress. All things combined gives your body its best effort at building defenses against cold and flu bugs or other immune system issues.
You get much-appreciated alone time.
Most people need some degree of alone time for appropriate functioning. Whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, when you’re relaxing by yourself it’s much easier to enjoy quiet meditation, self-reflection or work through problems.
Why making time for self-care matters
Regular self-care is crucial for your physical, emotional and mental well-being. It isn’t an indulgence or something you give a fleeting thought to, but rather, something that you should never neglect. Knowing your worth through self-compassion and having a healthy work/life balance means you effectively set realistic boundaries and avoid overexertion. Overworking yourself, high levels of stress and exhaustion can all lead to health problems, including anxiety, depression, insomnia and heart disease.
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