Updated: Mar 9
We live within a society that tells us that taking time for you is selfish, when in fact, it’s essential to your wellbeing. Good self-care is key to improving your mood and mental state. It’s also key to a good relationship with yourself and others.
When you board a plane the flight attendant will do a safety demonstration and one thing they will ask you to do in case of an emergency is to put your own mask on before helping others. The reason for this is because you are of no use to anyone else if you have passed out from lack of oxygen!
Self-care is about considering your needs; it’s about knowing what you need to do to feel good, rested and worthy. Everyone is different, our requirements are unique to us, so you need to choose acts that you enjoy. Don’t try to force yourself to do things you don’t like because that defeats the whole point!
Your body is your home, it’s the place where you live all day, every day. Without it, you would not be able to exist as a human on this earth, so it is important to take good care of it, always. Taking care of your body, your health is not about crash dieting or running a marathon, it is about giving it the love, attention and nourishment it needs to support you during in your time here.
Your body needs plenty of water because it uses so much of it just to keep you alive! It uses water in all your cells, your organs, and tissues all to help regulate body temperature and maintain all other bodily functions. The body loses water through breathing, sweating, and digestion, which is why it's so important to rehydrate by drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water.
Nature provides us with all the food we need, it also provides us with natural medicines to heal our bodies. You will notice that as the seasons change, so does the food that grows. This is because nature is giving you the foods it knows you need to survive in the climate and conditions that the season brings. So take note of this next time you do your weekly food shop!
Eating well tip - food preparation.
Prepping healthy meals is a self-care routine that helps to keep you on track with eating well.
Your body needs some form of regular exercise, movement and stretching. In the Cankama Sutta, the Buddha speaks of the benefits of exercise.
Monks, there are these five benefits of walking up & down. What five? One is fit for long journeys: one is fit for striving; one has little disease; that which is eaten, drunk, chewed, tasted, goes through proper digestion; the composure attained by walking up & down is long-lasting. These, monks, are the five benefits of walking up & down.
Whether you have an interest in Buddhism or not, the facts above are true. As said previously, you don’t have to go to the gym 5 days a week or train for a triathlon, if you don’t want to, you just need to something, every day.
Mental and emotional care
Mental health refers to your ability to process information, whilst emotional health refers to your ability to express feelings which are based upon the information you have processed.
If you are unaware of what mental health is here is a quick recap for you. Mental health is the new wave of awareness that everyone is talking about. The only problem with this is that whilst everyone is talking about mental health issues, they are actually attracting more mental health issues around them. Awareness is one thing but what we focus on, we attract.
Mental health is the state of your psychological mind. Mindfulness is one way that we can look after our mental and emotional health. There are of course many psychological disorders that really are severe mental health conditions, that will require diagnosis and treatment from your doctor, so if you do think you have a mental health disorder, then we urge you to book an appointment. For the rest of you, your mental and emotional health can be improved by making some changes to your lifestyle.
Meditation is the most powerful way to improve your mental health, spiritual health, emotional health and physical health.
Some people hear the word spiritual and immediately think of religion or hippies, which is amusing to those of us who are not religious or hippy-like but still nurture our spiritual health.
Here are a few ways you can care for your spiritual health:
Explore your spiritual core. Ask yourself questions like, who am I? What is my purpose? What do I value most? Questions like this will lead you down a road where you will think more in-depth about yourself and allow you to notice things about yourself that will help you achieve your inner desires.
Look for signs and synchronicities. Observe patterns and meaningful coincidences because they tend to be answers or signposts in order to help you find your way.
Journal. Writing down your emotions and feelings will help you understand things clearer. Expression leads to clarity and a clear mind will help you to pick up messages from the universe.
Travel the world. You can learn so much from travel. Experiencing new cultures, learning about people, which will ultimately help you to understand yourself. So much growth comes from travel.
Take time to meditate.
When it comes to self-care, you don’t need to spend a lot of money. These can be simple, yet fulfilling routines to make you feel good. A favourite self-care routine of ours is to take a hot bath, soak and relax for a while, then get out and change into some loose pyjamas. Climb into your bed which has clean sheets on it and I read a book. Add a candle and this is absolute bliss!