In order to achieve emotional wellness – and self-acceptance and self-love as a direct result of emotional wellness – we must first practice self-care.
Self-care is the simple act of looking after ourselves. It is a term that is often over-complicated, as there is a certain stigma that gets attached to it. Much like self-acceptance and self-love, if we put ourselves first and love ourselves unconditionally, we are sometimes perceived to be obnoxious and conceited. But this shouldn’t be the case. Self-care is mutually exclusive to an enhanced well-being – that is, the more time we allow ourselves to revel in our own company, the more content we are able to be.
Many people think that it takes far too much time and effort to incorporate self-care into their everyday routines. It’s true. The large majority of us nowadays have very hectic and controlled lives. It can be difficult to set aside time to focus on ourselves, and carry out small activities for the benefit of our mental health. The truth is, for so many people, ‘self-care’ is perceived to be something that only people with mental health conditions like anxiety and depression need to incorporate into their daily lives. However this isn’t necessarily the case. People with mental health conditions might find self-care practices to be more beneficial and to allow them to function day-to-day, but this doesn’t take away from the fact that everyone should be looking after themselves, whether they are of healthy mental state or not.
Practicing self-care and including it in your daily routine isn’t as hard as you may think. I decided to dedicate a blog post entirely to this subject, Self-Care Tips for Hectic Lives, so if you can relate to the issue of not knowing how to care for yourself and your basic emotional needs around such a busy lifestyle, please don’t hesitate to give it a read.
If you have any further comments or ideas as to how you practice your own self-care, please feel free to comment below!