SELF-CARE: WHY YOU NEED IT

SELF-CARE: WHY YOU NEED IT

Self-care in layman’s language involves any activity that one does to take care of themselves. It is more of indulging in activities that are a bit relaxing, calming and what one enjoys most.

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The practice is an important exercise to consider because it improves our health mentally, physically, emotionally and generally improves our well-being. Stress, anxiety and depression are becoming more and more a part of everyday life. We all go through such phases in life and it’s normal but not healthy at all. That is why we need a bit of self-care because anything that affects our thinking, self-esteem, and also our productivity may lead to mental health problems.

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Everyone has a different approach to what self-care is and different people adopt different practices. “Self-care is anything that you do for yourself that feels nourishing. What self-care is for one person will likely differ from someone else and what’s self-care for you one day might not feel like self-care another day”, says Dr. Marni Amsellem.                                                                                                    

How to practice care for self

Selfcare has been categorized into the following areas; physical, psychological, emotional, professional, and spiritual. What you practice for your physical well-being might not become helpful to your emotional state and that is why there is the need to adopt appropriate practices for each purpose. Physical self-care is the activities that involve your body. For example working out, going for a walk, doing some yoga, eating healthy meals, hydrating, getting enough sleep and pampering yourself, by either going for a massage, getting a manicure and pedicure or a soothing skin care routine. Psychological self-care which involves activities that calm your mind.

Some practices include reading a book, writing a journal, going for vacations or just a trip, listening to music or podcasts, and also learning a new skill. Emotional self-care, enhances developing compassion for oneself and others. For example, playing a sport or going to the movies. Also, being kind to yourself and appreciating every small win no matter how small you may see it. Don’t be too hard on yourself.

Professional self-care relates to one’s work life. Some activities to do that may improve one’s professional self-care include: taking short breaks at work, forming supportive relationships with colleagues. Spiritual self-care involves activities that nurture one’s spirit and allows one to think bigger. It may involve going for a retreat, meditating, self-reflection or going to a place of worship.  

Why self-care it is Important

Selfcare improves productivity. Taking long hours at school or at work may be very tiresome and it is essential to take some time off and relax, after all that’s all our bodies and mind need.

Too much of something is poisonous and you may be surprised how after a break, you feel more energized and ready to take other tasks. It helps one deal with stress and anxiety which may interfere with their mental health. By practicing physical and emotional self-care activities, it is rest assured that you’ll be at peace with your body and mind. “How we care for ourselves gives our brain messages that shape our self-worth so we must care for ourselves in every way every day.”- Sam Owen.  

Juliet Muthoni is a Journalism student at KCA University, julietmuso@gmail.com,

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