I can’t believe that the Fall season is finally upon us! It feels like Summer just started, and now it’s time to start sipping on some pumpkin spice lattes. Even though we are just in the beginning stages of Fall, the weather in the Pacific Northwest still feels like Summer.
Lately I’ve been focused on the topic of Self Care. What is it and why is it so important?
Self Care is an activity that deliberately focuses on the care of our mental, emotional and physical health. Although it seems like a simple concept, it is very often overlooked. True fact: self care is the key to improve your mood and even reduces anxiety. But most importantly, it is the key for your relationship with yourself.
Self care focuses on considering ones needs; caring for ourselves first before we care for others. If you don’t take care of yourself you won’t be in a place to give to others.
Self care allows one to keep a balanced life.
The definition of self care is different for everyone. It is important to take the time into discovering your own definition of self care.
It is no coincidence that two people from different aspects of my life had the same discussion on the importance of self care. It was that conversation that inspired me to come up with my own list of what self care means to me.
Below are a few examples of my own personal list:
-Physical Health/ Exercising. Exercise increases serotonin levels and it leads to improving ones mood and energy levels. I recently joined Lifetime Fitness in Bellevue, Washington (stay tuned for my upcoming post on my workout routine). Which has left me feeling accomplished and ready to tackle the day. I consider this a form of self care for this reason.
-Healthy Diet. Eating a healthy diet gives me energy and makes me feel clean and light. Can you relate to a time where after eating a heavy meal you felt fatigued and overall just plain gross? Yuck.
-Spending time with family and friends. Building relationships with those closest to me gives me a sense of belonging and comfort. I make sure to surround myself with positivity.
-Quiet time. Taking time out of each day to devotion/ reflect/ journal thoughts and feelings. Its crazy what fifteen minutes of alone a day can do for your mental wellness.
-Regular Morning/ Evening Routine. My skincare routine is probably the most important aspect of my morning and evening routine. Caring for my skin makes me feel rejuvenated and mentally still.
-Scheduling commitments/ appointments. When managing stressing and anxiety is important, this definitely a must. I use a personalized planner to organize and manage every detail of my life and it helps me set and not forget events and commitments.
Each of us have our own definition of self-care, my challenge to you is take time and figure out your own definition of self-care.
Photography: Photography by Turkan