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6 common myths about practicing self-care

Posted By itzsayantika 513 days ago on Creative Lifestyle

https://itsthefeelgoodfactor.com - This blog is a primary advocate to self-care for women. A lot of times we think self-care is about getting a spa or a bubble bath or getting your hair nicely done, dressing up well, enjoying a glass of wine, etc. These are just a physical way of self-care, the act of the practice. But the actual form of self-care is different which is underlying these actions: Taking time for yourself while you are shutting off the external world. What is self-care exactly? WHO defines self-care as “the ability of individuals, families, and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a healthcare provider”. Read the full article here Self-care is the primary act of taking care of yourself. Have you ever been asked this question before: Do you take good care of yourself? Your automatic answer might just be “Yes” because that is what you think you do. The concept of Self-care seems extremely straightforward, but it actually is not. Self-care is allotting time for yourself when you only establish a meaningful relationship with your body, your mind, and your soul. It is the key to reduce anxiety and depression. It is directly related to one’s mental health and physical wellbeing. Read how to use a bullet journal for self-care Here is a basic example of how I see my weekly self-care Is practicing self-care being selfish? This is a very common thought process. Practicing your self-care is not being narcissistic or selfish. Think about yourself as the cell-phone you use. You need to recharge it everyday or if it is in great shape then every other day. Why? That is because the battery drains out based on its usage. You are like this device. Your daily activities, your general interaction with the world and with your life is its usage. Your battery drains out too. And self-care is like your charger. Then tell me why is it selfish to recharge your battery? What self-care is not? First of all, we establish that self-care is not selfish. Also a lot of time we think some acts of self-indulgence is self-care because that seems to satisfy us for the moment: Like alcohol or some food indulgence or watching TV or playing video games endlessly. Those can be categorized as self-indulgence and not self-care. The thin line of difference is the act of self-care will contribute to your general health while the act of self-indulgence won’t contribute to something healthy. The myths about self-care you need to be aware of: Let us summarize what are the myths and misconceptions about self-care that we should be aware of: 1. Self-care is an expensive bubble bath and spa treatment This one is funny because we know this is not true. Taking a bubble bath or getting a spa once in a while is just soothing your physical body and it is quite healing, to be honest. But as mentioned before, self-care is the act of establishing a relationship with yourself and that does not have to include a luxury spa treatment. It can be anything as simple as focused breathing for 5-10 mins in a day or remembering to hydrate your body every other hour. 2. Self-care is not a requirement for a healthy life Coming back to the example of the cell-phone and the battery, think about what can happen when you let your emotional and physical battery to drain out completely. You will be unfunctional in one word. The reason why we need a vacation from work or we need weekends for that moment is to refill our emotional, physical self to function. Hence self-care is required for a healthy life. It is not optional. 3. Self-care takes time This is something that every individual should think about: what kind of acts will be needed for them? Do you need to carve out 5 hours to go to the beach or you want to set aside 1-2 hours while you read your favorite book by the window, sipping coffee? Do you want to sit in your hot tub for 1 hour or want to eat a freshly homemade favorite dinner of yours? These are all self-care, things that you do for yourself. It would really depend on what you choose to do and how much time it takes to have your “me” time. 4. Self-care is about having fun and a good time Not all self-care activities are fun. You might hate exercising, but self-care is about taking good care of your body, so for that matter going to the gym is self-care but it might not be fun. You might not be a morning person, but waking up early morning combined with some stretching is great for your body. It might not be fun, but it is required. 5. Self-care is what you earn. No. Period. You do not earn self-care. We already established it is a requirement and not optional for your health. You do not need slough for 20 days to get 1 day of self-care. This is debilitating and needs to stop. Your self-care is your priority, like eating, sleeping (they are all subsets). The concept of earning a self-care day needs to go away. 6. Practicing self-care is about forgetting other people. This is again a common misconception. Practicing self-care is not about making a choice between you and others. You are nourishing yourself and it is absolutely fine to do that. When you keep on giving, you will eventually empty yourself. You need to keep filling your reserve in order to keep giving to the world. Your practice is filling up that reserve. By taking care of yourself you are actually making yourself eligible to contribute to others’ needs, think of it this way. We often get caught up in our needs in the material world and we forget to prioritize our own life. When we think of doing it, we either feel guilty or we put it at the bottom of our priority list. But the mindset needs to change about caring for yourself. Putting our well being first is not an act of selfishness and hence we need not feel guilty about doing that. Below are some of ways we can accomplish our basic self-care more frequently in life which does not need to be an expensive bubble bath: 1) Setting healthy boundaries around your private life This is very important, as you are in charge of you. 2) Learning to say “No” and understanding your needs. Because when you say YES to someone else unwillingly you are saying NO to yourself. 3) Being kind to your self Letting yourself know that you are doing everything that you can and you are doing a great job. 4) Having positive self-talk with yourself This is not crazy. Having a positive self-talk with yourself can benefit your mindset greatly. For further reading: Why should you be more kind to yourself when going through a difficult time? Tons of Feel Good Factor

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