5 Things You Need To Know About Self-Care
Updated: Oct 12
If you are new to the idea of self-care, here are a few things to consider as you determine what might work best for you!
What Is Self-Care?
Self-care is not a luxury... it is a necessity. It is not a short-term fix either. We like to think of self-care as a long-term, comprehensive, thoughtful regimen of practices that work to assist in finding balance in your life.
It is important to know that with help from our trained professionals, you can identify what type of self-care regimen will be most beneficial for you to empower your authentic growth.
Consider self-care as a toolbox of practices that will allow you to pay attention to your own physical and psychological wellness. Developing effective self-care practices consistently has been proven to deliver positive results.
While self-care feels good, it is not to be confused with self-indulgence, such as buying yourself something or getting a weekly massage. Self-care is more about practices like getting a good night’s sleep so you feel better the next day, which helps your focus and cognition.
The kind of self-care our Connected Roots team will help you discover, identify, and maintain is more about finding those experiences and creating habits to help you function at an optimal level.
Self-care means knowing and respecting your body’s limits and understanding what is required to optimize your physical health. Creating a balanced, long-term wellness plan with manageable levels of physical activity, regularly scheduled wellness checkups with a primary care physician, and maintaining a balanced diet are all components of physical self-care.
There is nothing wrong with an occasional dessert at dinner or an extra hour of sleep on a weekend morning, but not at the expense of your well-being. The best self-care plan is one that will energize, invigorate, and enlighten you.
Self-care is a vital part of maintaining good mental health, and Connected Roots team of professionals is committed to helping our clients find ways to maintain and improve physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional health using an effective and healthy self-care regimen based on your individual needs.
Psychological self-care is just as critical as physical self-care. Developing behaviors that help keep your thoughts and emotions in an optimal place of wellbeing is critical to any self-care regimen.
Identifying ways to eliminate feelings of sadness, loneliness, and negativity are essential components of a curated self-care routine. For example, you may find peace in everyday activities like listening to classical music, a favorite hobby, or journaling. Activities like meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises are refreshing and relaxing and can restore both the body and mind.
When you’re thinking about your own needs, you are more productive, satisfied, and confident. Over time, you will realize more quickly when your work and life are out of balance, and then take steps to get back on track.
Easy Self-Care Tips
Developing a top-quality self-care regimen can take time and some trial and error to start. At Connected Roots, our team will help you identify which self-care practices feel good and work best for you.
Some practical ways to start include:
Get good quality sleep. Not everyone requires the same amount of sleep. Determine the number of hours you need to feel your best. Try to stick to a schedule that provides you with a consistent amount of sleep.
Meditate. Meditation helps manage anxiety and stress. If meditation works well for you, work it into your daily schedule.
Connect with your roots. Research has shown that being in nature and green spaces can help reduce stress, improve creativity, and boost energy levels.
Try new things. Sometimes it can be helpful to try something you’ve never tried, such as art class, a book club, or an evening at the opera.
Our professionally trained Connected Roots team looks forward to helping you curate your self-care regimen. Therapy is the best place to learn about yourself!
There is no time like the present to start taking care of YOU! Call us today for a free consultation and talk with our specialists about insurance coverage or self-pay plans. Let’s get started!