Self-Care: Why You Should Invest in Yourself

child with strong arms drawn on a chalkboardSometimes life calls for a timeout. When it all gets too much, the two Rs – responsibilities and relationships – need to be replaced with rest and relaxation to restore balance and function.

Self-Care is Not Selfish

All things require some form of maintenance to keep them in the right condition, if not in better shape. Human beings are notorious for needing a bit of looking after to keep them in the best versions of themselves, and it starts with deciding to invest a little time for you.

The Dorothea Orem Theory, or Self-Care Deficit Theory, states that “people should be self-reliant and responsible for their care,” and self-care can sometimes be mistaken for selfishness – this thought needs to change.

Self-care is a healthy practice that is necessary but should not be excessive, and it doesn’t end in aromatherapy baths or a bottle of red wine.

Find Your Perfect Breather

Different people cope with life differently, but there is an infinite number of outlets or means of letting out some steam. You can get a good read on ways to practice self-care as done by clinicians in an article by Psych Central.

You don’t have to spend a whole lot of money to do a little reboot, simply getting out of the house can make all the difference. Take a little walk around the block, read a book at your local coffee shop, or go people watching at a nearby park.

You’d be surprised what a change of scenery can do. Traveling does wonders for the soul, and if you’ve got a bit more time and money to spare, go a little further and explore a totally new city. Maybe try the day spa in St. Petersburg, or taste the infamous New Orleans beignets?

New adventures and experiences can help bring back creativity and life in your every day.

Prevent fatigue and burnouts by taking some time for yourself and be kind to your mental, physical, and emotional health. As fast-paced as the world can be nowadays, know when to slow down and step out of the daily hustle. There is nothing more important than your own well-being.