5 Self Care Benefits

September 29, 2021

Now that you know a little more about self care you’re probably wondering why it’s so important right? That’s what we are going to talk about today on day 3 of the FALLing for Self Care Challenge. 

When you first think about self care it may not seem all that important. What if we took away some of the common self care activities? What would the world look like if we couldn’t sleep, workout, take care of our physical hygiene, journal, read, or do a face mask? How would our world look? Not only would our physical appearance suffer, but so would our mental health. Trust me, this is not a world we want to live in. Now let’s get into the benefits of self care.

5 Self Care Benefits

To me there are five main benefits of practicing self care regularly. They span from helping to manage stress, better physical health, and more. Here are five self care benefits.

Self Care Helps Prevent Burnout

Most people think of burnout as extreme stress. While that is true, there is more to it. Burnout can be dangerous if you let it go on for too long. To find out just how dangerous it can be check out this post I wrote for GenTwenty

Self care helps you get away from the burnout by giving you a chance to relax your mind and take a break. That is why it’s important to make sure you schedule in some time for self care when you are in stressful seasons of your life. Whether you take a few deep breaths and meditate in between big meetings, or you end your day by emptying your mind through pen and paper, self care is a necessary part of life.

Self Care Can Help Productivity

While we are talking about stress, do you ever find it hard to be productive when you’re stressed? Then next thing you know you get stressed about the fact that you aren’t being productive. Essentially you are stressing about stress. 

By adding some self-care to your life, you will find yourself being more productive. This is due to self care improving your cognitive ability. This has been proven by a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Russell Thackeray. He says that people who practice self care can have better focus and concentration.

Self Care Can Be Fun

As I mentioned in the last post, there are multiple categories of self care activities. One of the categories is filled with fun self care activities. You know the ones. Painting your nails, having a girls’ night in, watching your favorite movie, these are considered self care. You are taking time for yourself and filling your cup. I wouldn’t exclusively do these activities and say you practice self care regularly. However, it is a nice way to show yourself love and care once in a while.

Self Care Can Help You Live A Longer Life

If you get no inspiration from these five self care benefits but one thing, I hope that this one is it. I think that it is incredible that self care can help you live a longer life. This article lists a few of the activities that do this, along with other information and tips. Those activities are exercise, sleep, getting outside, and more. If you feel like you have no time for self care, please make sure you make time for some of these activities. We all deserve to live long healthy lives. Wouldn’t you want to do anything possible to increase the likelihood of that happening?

Self Care Can Be A Mood Booster

Who doesn’t feel great after doing their skin care routine? Or feel lighter after a great journaling session? Even just five minutes of self care can help a bad day turn into a better day. Next time you are having a crummy day, try doing some self care. You might just find that is what you needed all along.

Which of the five self care benefits could you use the most? Let me know in the comments, then make sure you are up to date on your bingo card.

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