Self-Care

Donnie Becker
Dobecker@lc.edu

 

We all need to practice a little more self-care. Whether you like getting a massage, just relaxing with a good meal and watching  tv or a million other things you might like, we all need to take better care of ourselves. 

Many of us work and attend school, some may also have families, so it can be a lot to keep track of. Having planned self-care days to decompress and take everything and release all the stress of everyday life is important for our health, not just physically (depending on your definition of self-care) but mentally as well.

 According to Healthplace.com in an article called “Why Self-Care Is Important for Your Physical and Mental Health”

“Self-care is important for your physical health as well as your mind, soul and, let’s face it, your overall health. Without self-care, your relationships with others can suffer tremendously. Last week’s blog explained how you can practice self-care on a budget, which is important. But true self-care doesn’t have to cost a dime!”

You don’t have to go anywhere or spend any money to practice self-care, as said in the article, true self-care doesn’t have to cost a dime. 

The website also lists ways both inner self-care practices such as making a date with yourself to do something you love to do, or just taking a class for fun. Praise yourself when you do something good, you deserve it. You should also think of outer self-care, like running, stretching, yoga or anything physical you want to do.

“Self-care is important for your family and friends too. They learn from you, so setting functional boundaries to take care of yourself shows them that they too need to put themselves first and not overextend or overwork. Unhealthy relationships come about when you don’t take time for your needs.” According to Healthyplace.com

We all get exhausted, stressed or just drained from whatever  the world can throw at us. You need time for you, time for you to unload and not worry about the troubles of tomorrow. We need to be able to take time for ourselves, to aid in having healthy relationships with others. 

If for no other reason, start for yourself.  You’ll thank yourself later.

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