Why Self-Care is Essential
One of my favourite sayings is, ‘You can’t pour from an empty cup.’ I wish I could remember where I first came across this saying. It’s almost as though it’s integrated into my life so well that I never remember a time before I heard these words of wisdom. It’s thankfully become a way of life for me.
I even have this saying displayed on my vision board and have re-used the same card that I found on Pinterest when searching for daily inspiration, every year for as long as I can remember. It’s a daily reminder to take care of myself and prioritise my own needs before anything else.
As my mum and I say, self-care is our much needed 'me time'. Self-care is quite literally how we take care of ourselves and ensure we don’t burn out. The benefits are widespread and result in improved mental and physical wellbeing. When we practice self-care, we are practicing a form of self-love. We are acknowledging our need for rest, play and inspiration. We are tuning in and gently listening to our body. We are engaging in activities that are food for the soul.
I came across a piece of writing a while ago and one line in particular stayed with me. It read, ‘It’s called giving yourself a break, to avoid a breakdown.’ When we take time for ourselves and build a regular self-care practice into our busy lifestyle, we are nurturing and nourishing our mind, body, and spirit, so that we can show up as our best selves in this life.
What are some ways you can practice self-care today and give yourself the rest and care you deserve?
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