Self-care can look different for everyone, and that’s the beauty of it — people can acquire their own unique practices or habits that resonate self-care or self-love for them. Each person is different, so self-care routines will vary too. Some people may hop on the treadmill or knit a new sweater, while others may soak in a tub with a Fersk Self-Care Bath Bomb.
In general, self-care means taking care of yourself in a way that makes you the healthiest, best version of you, not only physically, but mentally and emotionally too.
The benefits of self-care are endless, but in honour of Mental Health Awareness Month, we’ve outlined the top five mental wellness benefits of self-care that we’ve experienced!
1. Lower Levels of Stress
Research shows that when you’re feeling physically and mentally drained, you’re less equipped to handle stress. Have you ever snapped from something as simple as spilling milk? “There’s no use crying over spilled milk.” Sure, but when you’re stretched thin and have too much on your plate, the little things can add up and feel like a boulder on your shoulders. By prioritizing self-care, you can avoid this. Self-care will help you to recharge and get back in alignment with yourself so you can tackle all the physical, emotional, and mental obstacles life throws your way. Self-care really is productive.
2. Increased Energy Levels
Typically, self-care entails resting or participating in an activity you love. Both are correct and great ways to recharge. If you’re feeling exhausted after a long week of work and helping kids with homework, then taking a nap in the evening or on the weekend may be the self-care technique you need. Napping or getting extra sleep replenishes your energy levels and sharpens your focus. On the other hand, you may find it relaxing to go for a walk or run. By strengthening your muscles and boosting your endurance, you can feel more energetic. On top of that, performing any act of care to yourself or to others releases neurochemicals in our bodies, like dopamine and serotonin. In turn, your mood will improve.
3. Increased Self-Esteem
We’re going to get a little philosophical here, but hear us out! Self-care and self-esteem go hand-in-hand, and you really can’t have one without the other. When you practice moments of self-care, this provides you with an opportunity to reflect on your worth, your purpose, and pivotal moments in your life. This may feel uncomfortable at first, but through these moments of self-care and reflection, you can learn to appreciate yourself no matter which stage of life you’re in.
4. Mood Booster
Remember when we talked about napping? Well, you may find an escape through running or hiking. When exercising, your body produces endorphins. This is also known as a “happy” chemical, as it initiates feelings of positivity. While everybody is different, in theory, the more you work out, the better you will feel. It doesn’t have to be an intense gym workout – taking a stroll around the block will do.
5. Increased Productivity
When you’re feeling your best physically, mentally, and emotionally, it only makes sense that you feel more productive, as you have the necessary energy to pour into your work and hobbies. To dive in deeper, research shows that periods of self-care and alone time can actually increase your creativity levels and mental strength. We don’t know about you, but when we’re feeling creative, we’re 100% more productive.
How Will You Practice Self-Care?Now that you know about the benefits of self-care, how will you practice? What does self-care look like to you? Is it meditating on a yoga mat after using an essential oil, or is it strapping on your hiking boots and having some one-on-one time with nature? No matter what self-care looks like to you, we hope you experience all the benefits!
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