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How Self-Care Can Improve Your Well-Being
Though often misunderstood, self-care is basically an umbrella term for practices that improve your well-being for the long haul. It includes simple acts such as getting enough sleep, taking time to relax, eating healthy, and saying “no” to those around you who demand too much. Psychologists, fitness instructors, and life coaches have been touting the benefits of self-care for years as ways to immediately reclaim aspects of mental and physical health.
All of these practices are vital for addicts, especially those who struggle with mood regulation, who may want to explore ways to find satisfaction and peace of mind. However, even if you stick to the basics, you’ll see a variety of mental health benefits come to fruition by listening to your own mind and body and doing what’s best for you.
This is the big one from which all else follows. According to a writer with Psychology Today, stress takes away your energy while setting off a chain reaction of negative thinking that leads to fear, anxiety and depression. Taking time for yourself and learning to relax through the practices mentioned above doesn’t get rid of stress altogether, but it allows you to take control of your emotions so you can deal with them in a healthy manner and worries pass through you like water in a stream.
With that relief, you’ll have increased energy throughout the day and a better mood overall. It’s important to remain proactive to keep your spirits up and there are little hacks that ensure you do not fall back into old habits, become overwhelmed and succumb to pressures at work and at home. One way to manage stress is by keeping notes of what bothers you. If you start to lose your cool, breathing exercises can bring you back to a state of calm.
Boost in Confidence
As a psychotherapist contributing to HealthyPlace.com says, “When you avoid things that make you feel mentally and physically well, you deplete your self-worth.” That can happen if you’re not saying “no” and devoting all your time and energy to your job, family and friends. Though admirable, you need to focus on your own diet and exercise, as well as a hobby that helps you tap into your inner child and creative side. Soon your faith in your own value as a person will return and your social life will improve as a result.
You’ve always wanted to play music or make art but couldn’t because of all the other demands on your time. Now that you’re focusing some energy on yourself, you can pick up that guitar or paintbrush, and your mind will thank you for it. Not only do these activities relieve stress, but they also make you more creative by rebuilding connections to the right side of your brain. The upshot is that you’ll discover new ways of looking at problems and finding solutions, and this pays dividends during those heady brainstorming sessions at work.
Clarity of Mind
Now that you’re less muddled with self-doubt and stress, you have the mental clarity to set goals, find ways to achieve them and pursue what you want in life in terms of your work, your relationships and even your experiences. Best yet, you’ll be able to do it on your own terms rather than making decisions based on what others expect, finally shedding that “should” mentality — and the accompanying insecurity and distraction — that have held you back from living deliberately.
If you’ve already set off on this journey of self-discovery, best of luck going forward. For those of you who are unsure of what self-care can do, try out the basics. It’s simply a matter of saying “no” when you’ve had too much, and saying “yes” to your own well-being.
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