International Self-Care Day (ISD), is on the 24th of July each year, and it provides a focus and opportunity to raise the profile of healthy lifestyle self-care programs around the world.
I want to share how you can practice healthy self-care even when you have a chronic pain or chronic health condition for yourself, your care giver (family member), and in a friendly low cost or free way (the only cost in these next few blog posts will be your time and the food for the recipes I will share with you, for self-care).
Self-care is important for your physical health as well as your mind, soul and, let’s face it, your overall health. Self-care is very important for the person who has a chronic pain condition and their Care Giver. Self-care is just not a once-in-awhile-thing, it can be an everyday thing.
Self-care is important, but some people think it’s selfish or inconsiderate. We know self-care actually makes you more effective and energetic. When you avoid things that make you feel physically and mentally well, you deplete your confidence and self-esteem. Self-care is important to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself: it produces positive feelings, which improves confidence and self-esteem too.
Self-care is important for your family and friends too. They learn from you, so it may be important to set some boundaries for when you are doing your self-care activities. This may also show them that they too need to put themselves first and not overextend or overwork.
Why I Think Self-Care is Important for Your Physical and Mental Health
Everyone I know could use a bit more self-care. The best way to do this is to implement small but important self-care habits every day. Here are a few examples of some self-care activities that I do (And yes, some can be done in a short amount of time and cost-friendly too!)
Personal Self-Care Activities
- You Time. Spend some time, maybe an hour, alone doing something that nourishes you. (No, not work or things on your to-do list!) …. Some examples are reading, your hobby, walking around the neighborhood, visiting a museum or gallery, etc.
- Praise & Reward Yourself … For when you do something awesome.
- Something that lets out your creative energy i.e. Drawing/Colouring
- Unplug from the electronic world.
- Learn something new … for example, language, recipes, new exercise.
Self-Care & Your Environment
- Having a long bath or shower.
- Doing a mini-declutter. I just started to get into this practice and it feels good. I recycle three things – either from a backpack (or a purse), kitchen, books, or even from the wardrobe (this will start next week for me).
- Helping someone. For example, carry a bag, open a door, etc.
- Stretching for a few minutes to get out the kinks helps your body and mind.
- Giving your body comfort. Pick something from your wardrobe that feels great.
Next Steps In Self-Care …
In the next two blog posts I will share with you are all about self-care and being mindful as well as nutritious recipes that complement the mindful self-care.