Why Self-Care Is So Important
Self-Care is something that we hear about everywhere these days. If you’re like so many women, especially busy moms, you may roll your eyes and think “Who’s got time for that?” I get it. There is so much important stuff to do. Spending quality time with our kids, working, taking care of the house, volunteering… The list goes on. I’ve spoken to so many women who feel like self-care is just not important. It maybe they honestly don’t think they have time, or they are convinced that taking care of others is more important, and self-care would take away from those more important things.
When I think about self-care it is not about binge-watching Netflix, eating caramel Dove bars or spending money on the perfect pair of shoes, although there is nothing with these things in moderation. Self- care it is about doing things that help you become a better person for yourself and others.
Why is Self-Care so important? Here are two reasons:
- We are called to be good stewards of our bodies, minds and soul; allowing us to become the best versions of ourselves.
This includes things like eating nutritious foods, exercising, taking the time to rest, reflect, pray and unwind. It also involves doing the things that you enjoy, laughing, having adventures, learning a new skill.
When we neglect our bodies, minds and soul it affects everything else. We have less energy, less joy and confidence. Our health is negatively affected, and we have a higher likelihood of insomnia, depression and anxiety. When we practice self-care, everyone wins!
- We can’t give what we don’t have.
Our lives are so busy and there are so many demands on our time. When we take care of ourselves, we are filled up and restored. If we don’t take the time to recharge, we have nothing left to give. A mom who is rested, energized and excited about life has more to offer her family and is certainly a better version of herself than one is exhausted, resentful and just trying to get through the day.
Life is a gift and we only get one go-around. Yes, we have lots of responsibilities and they are all important. Taking care of ourselves is also our responsibility. Self-care involves making compromises, learning to say No and giving yourself and others grace when things don’t turn out exactly the way we imagined they would. It is sometimes putting ourselves ahead of others in our schedule so we can put others ahead of ourselves in our lives.
Taking care of yourself isn’t selfish. It is about becoming the best version of who you were created to be in order to live out your purpose and Thrive!