The Importance of Balanced Self-Care
Self-Care is paramount in the overall health of a human being. Too often, self-care is portrayed as an occasional delicacy that we should indulge in here and there, when we make the time. Instead, self-care should be a routine, something that is carved into our daily schedule, a discipline that we have trained ourselves to participate in consistently for the betterment of our well-being, and as a result, the well-being of those around us.
True and honest self-care takes a strong mind and a willingness to prioritize what we know is best for us. It requires an amount of respect for you, your time, and for the people around you. Oftentimes, self-care may not look like the over glamorized versions of the practice you see around on social media or in ads. The strong mind and respect come into play when self-care looks less appetizing than those over glamorized images of self-care that are floating around.
In order to practice proper self-care, you may have to get up earlier than you want to on a regular basis. You may have to cut your Netflix binge-watching marathon short to go to bed on a regular schedule. You may have to indulge less in foods that aren’t good for you, alcohol consumption, or out-all-night partying sessions so that you can allow yourself the luxury of having time to take care of yourself. You may have to say ‘no’ to other people more than you usually do, which can be a very difficult practice to adopt.
For all of these reasons, you can see how the practice of self-care takes discipline. It takes discipline to do what is actually good for you, rather than participating in what feels good in the moment. It feels good to be able to help people when they need it, but it takes discipline to recognize when you are able to help and when you are able to say no. You are not responsible for the emotional upkeep of other people, but you absolutely are responsible for your own emotional well-being. All of this boils down to where you need to start on your journey toward actual self-care.
You need to start by identifying your priorities. It is important that you deeply understand what your priorities are, and why they are your priorities. You have heard the saying, “You can’t pour from an empty cup.” This is so true. This is why it is so important to make a commitment to a regular practice of health and balance in your own life. Self-care should not be the occasional indulgence, the emergency return to helping yourself when something crazy happens in your life. It may be boring or difficult at times, but self-care should actually be a regular practice o