We all have, or can develop, the tools and techniques to help us cope with the chronic or acute challenges in life. One of these tools is self care, which is gaining traction as an essential part of wellness.
From decluttering to meditation to self-massage, there are many relaxation and self care techniques that can help you focus on your own needs in an enjoyable way. After all, by caring for yourself, you learn to care for the world around you.
But, with today’s busy lifestyle, practicing self care isn’t easy. Me-time is often not on the schedule. Or worse, we often feel guilty when we take the time we need to take care of ourselves. When you are feeling burnt out by schoolwork or your career, sleep-deprived from raising a family, stressed-out from taking care of a loved one, or even insecure about how your life looks on social media, then its time to add a little self care to your life.
Self Care Ideas
There are many simple lifestyle changes that can help you prioritize your wellbeing without spending a lot of time or money. Mindfulness, exercise, taking a walk outdoors, talking with friends, listening to podcasts, or taking a nap are just some of the ways you can work self care into your daily routine.
Everyone’s idea of self care is different, and that’s okay. It’s more important to know that self care is more than a fad and that taking care of yourself is sensible rather than selfish. Learning to pay attention to your own needs will help you become healthier and happier in the long run.
The current interest in self care has created a plethora of self care books, each determined to help us do self care the right way. Or even to help us do it our way.
Theoretical knowledge builds context, exposes us to new ideas, and provides specific examples. Experience comes from applying knowledge and adapting it to new situations. Does that mean one is better than the other? With this in mind, we want to know your opinion: Do self care books really work? Tell us what you think.