It has been one of the hardest lessons for me to learn. Self-care is so critical to mental health and healing, but because of past experiences, it can be one of the most challenging things to do. It is essential for growth, but if you’re like me, I need people to remind me to do it.
Life can be tough at times, and it can drain us emotionally and mentally. It can wear us down to the point where we are so exhausted and not able to continue in life. Unfortunately, we keep pushing and doing more than we should.
For some reason, we tend to forget that if we take care of ourselves, we make our life much more healthy. We improve our mental health and well-being. In the end, we can accomplish so much more if we do stop and take care of ourselves.
One of the reasons I think that we do not practice self-care is that we don’t always see our life as worthy enough to do this. We tend to discount everything which leaves us not seeing the real value of who we are.
Another reason is I believe some of are so highly driven and motivated. In a way, we are still trying to prove that we are something when we are. I often forget this one even if everyone around me is trying to remind me. It results in me pushing myself like there is no tomorrow.
While I continue to work on self-care, I know that I fail miserably at times. It leaves me at a point where I have to get back up and keep walking on my journey. I am working hard not to chastise myself and beat myself up when forget and fail at this.
Self-care can be simple things like just taking a walk in the park or spending time alone in nature. Maybe it is about reading a favorite book or doing something creative where you can just stop and slow down and be at that moment. Sometimes it is nothing more than a much-needed nap in the afternoon or allowing ourselves time just to do nothing.
Self-care is about acknowledging that we are worthy enough to take care of our mental health. It is about understanding that it is essential to our health and well-being of our mind and body. By taking care of our self, we can further our healing and give back more than if we run ourselves down into the ground.