Why you should do something for yourself everyday

Doing something for yourself on a daily basis is a great way to help support mental wellbeing. Here, we look at the art of self-care.

This article is adapted from a piece previously published on Beyond Blue’s website.

During the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia, the concept of ‘self-care’ has been widely promoted. As we adapt to a new COVID-normal way of living, self-care remains as important as ever.

While it might sound straightforward, self-care is a process that requires attention and effort every day. So it’s important to understand the value of self-care and how it can be achieved.

Self-care isn’t selfish

For a variety of reasons, many people don’t do things just for themselves on a daily basis. They might be too busy, too tired, or too focused on others. They may even think they don’t deserve it and feel guilty about focusing solely on themselves.

It’s important to understand that self-care doesn’t constitute selfishness. Being selfish limits your ability to give to others, whereas self-care enhances it. By focusing on your own wellbeing, you put yourself in a far better position to support others.

Everyone’s ‘something’ is different

Self-care, me time, doing something for yourself – whatever you want to call it, manifests differently depending on the individual. For one person, exercise might be their therapy.

Clear your head and grab some much-needed fresh air by going for a walk or a run, or, if you’re still unsure about getting back into the gym now that restrictions have been lifted across the country, why not continue to take advantage of the many home workouts available, from HITT classes to yoga and Pilates.

It doesn’t matter what the ‘something’ is, as long as it contributes positively to your wellbeing and helps you reset and recharge.

Keep self-care within reason

It can be easy to get swept up in the self-care movement, so be practical when it comes to looking after yourself.

Common sense should be applied to this ‘treat yo self’ approach. If you’re regularly engaging in retail therapy to feel better but are suffering financially as a result, the long-term impact on your mental health is likely going to be negative.

Try to strike an appropriate balance, which will help you to maintain a physically and mentally healthy lifestyle.

This article looks at how making mindfulness and meditation part of your daily routine can help reduce stress.

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