I am glad that you are asking this question because it is very important. In my profession, I am a social worker helping individuals to address their emotional difficulties on a day to day basis. Although, being a social worker can be very rewarding but at the same time it can be draining, which can lead to burnt out. It is so vital to allow yourself to leave the work at the job when it is time to go home and focus more on yourself. I tend to promote the importance of selfcare because it helps develop the mindset to put your physical and emotional well being as a priority. Selfcare is a part of eating healthy, getting enough sleep; taking a mental health day; excercising; going for a walk to ease your mind; and meditating. Exploring your desired activities and strengths is
a way of relieving stress. For example, getting a massage; taking a bubble bath; spending time with family & friends; riding a bike and engaging in fun activities that you like to do will decrease tension. It is nothing wrong with pampering yourself and being selfish with yourself on a daily basis. Remember to laugh at the funniest moments and not take client situations personal becuse it has nothing to do with you. Come up with positive affirmations and do deep breathing (mindfulness techniques) to help you deal with stress and anixety. I truly believe that practicing selfcare gives you the ability to enhance your self-esteem, be productive and live a fulfilling life. You deserve to make sure that you are in a happy space; slow down to self-reflect and think about how you can create a positive environment for yourself. Only you can create positivity around yourself because no one will do it for you. Most important, seeking therapy is helpful because you need someone that is non-judgmental to be a sounding board for you. If you are a spiritual person, you can consider utilizing prayer in your daily routine. Be you; stay calm; be human and enjoy life.
I hope this will help you! Take care!
Nija recommends the following next steps:
- You can do a google search and type ways to practice self care. It will have you even more ideas of different ways to pamper yourself and develop selfcare in your daily routine.