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Want to live your best life? Invest in self-care

Jun 24, 2024 | Flavor Of The Month, HD NewsFeed, Healthy Lifestyle, Newsletter, The Juice

Want to live your best life? Invest in self-care

Self-care, often overlooked in our busy lives, is essential for maintaining productivity and preventing burnout.

July is Mental Health Awareness Month; use it to start putting yourself first.

It’s survival, not selfishness

Self-care is not selfish, it’s about survival. It’s not spa days or relaxing holidays. It’s really about recognising and looking after your physical, mental, emotional and social needs, so you can be the best version of yourself – at work, at home and with friends.

How does self-care help?

  • It helps you cope better with life’s challenges.
  • It improves your creativity and productivity.
  • It supports your physical health and longevity.
  • It strengthens relationships through increased empathy and communication.

Keep your balance

Don’t overdo one area of self-care to the detriment of others. For example, keeping physically fit is good for you, but not if you exercise excessively for hours without rest. Make sure all areas of your wellbeing get equal attention.

5 suggestions to get you going

  1. Set boundaries: Learn to say ‘no’ without feeling guilty. Boundaries protect your time and energy.
  2. Find hobbies: Do things that bring you joy. It could be painting, sewing, writing, gardening or working on an old car.
  3. Do a digital detox: Set aside daily time to disconnect from your devices and be part of the real world. Not only will you avoid all the stress that social media brings, but you also reconnect with yourself and those around you.
  4. Practise mindfulness: Take a step back with meditation, breathing exercises, mindful walking or simply enjoying your morning cup of tea.
  5. Seek support: There’s nothing wrong with reaching out for help, whether you talk to a friend, family member, religious leader or professional therapist. Sharing your thoughts and feelings can lighten your emotional load.

Reference

  • South African College of Applied Psychology

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