Self-care. Nobody has time for that, right?
You probably think of self-care as taking an expensive vacation, getting a massage, or buying yourself (insert anything you’ve had your eye on for a while). While those are forms of self-care, they can also be expensive. Taking care of yourself can come in many forms. The key components of self-care are physical, mental, and spiritual.
What does self-care look like?
Wearing clean clothes
Going to the doctor
Getting your nails done
Reading a book
Going to a movie
Visiting with friends
The goal of self-care is to reduce stress and anxiety and replenish your batteries. Taking care of yourself is vital to a good physical and mental state. It is not selfish to do things that you love—quite the opposite.
You spend countless hours caring for others by meeting their physical and emotional needs while ignoring your own.
You know the saying about how you can’t be good to others if you can’t be good to yourself. It’s true. Being fatigued, stressed, and anxious takes a significant toll on your well-being and reduces the ability for compassion towards ourselves and others.
How can therapy help with self-care?
Therapy can help you understand why you are failing at caring for yourself.
Maybe you are experiencing depression and just don’t care about doing something that feels good. Or you were taught that you should just put on your big girl/boy/other pants and keep going, regardless of what is going on.