Self-care is the active participation in enhancing your quality of life and improving your health and well-being. It is a part of daily living. It includes all of the things you do to make sure you, your children, and family maintain good health and well-being; meet social and psychological needs; and prevent illness or accidents.
Self-care incorporates behaviors into your everyday life that refresh you, replenish you, and help you living a well-balanced lifestyle. It is important to create time for yourself each day to boost your energy level, concentration, and overall wellness. There are three primary components of self-care: physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual.
Physical self-care is what you do to be and stay active on a regular basis, like walking, running, or just simply stretching to stay flexible. Physical activity is important because it can help boost your immune system, decrease stress, and help improve sleep. What you eat also plays role in your physical well-being. Choosing fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy proteins, rather than processed or fast foods, are all ingredients to creating a healthy eating plate and are essential to good health.
Mental and emotional self-care can sometimes require a little more work. Self-care is a way to unwind and de-stress. Finding time to do the things that make you happy or that you really enjoy such as spending time with family and friends, having a hobby, taking a relaxing bath, doing something to relax or ‘un-plug’ on a daily basis can help. Meditating or taking some time to be alone with your thoughts can also help you relax after a stressful day can help improve your mental and emotional wellness.