Taking care of yourself is very important. Whether it be physically, mentally or emotionally. It isn’t about how often you do it, but it’s about ensuring that you are taking care of yourself, so that you could be the best version of yourself. As important as it seems, it is just as hard to do. Why? This is because of how hard it can be to balance work and personal life. I speak from experience. I am going through my summer holidays doing my best with work and taking care of a sick grandparent while also managing my social/influencer life.
I completely understand how difficult it can be to find time for yourself. Above all this, it is also difficult to find motivation to even properly take care of yourself. I have started a new job about a month ago as a carer and yet I am still adapting to work-life. While working, I also take care of my grandma who has recently fallen ill. This has led to to take care of the house as my mother works a lot. Usual house chores are now part pf my daily living. I cook, clean, do laundry and ensure that my grandma has everything she requires before i head out to work every day. Days off are no longer days off. On those days, I still work and take care of things that I need to tend to. Having said that, I dance a few times a month as this is my hobby and this is what helps me to de-stress and relax. Preparing takes a few hours plus going to the event and enjoying the night. I love dancing and will never give it up. Moreover, I also manage my own social media platforms and must ensure that I keep up with appearances on each.
Having explained that, everyone has a different work ethic and a different work life. Some more busy and hectic than others however, we must always make time for ourselves. ‘Me time’ is necessary as we require not only sleep in order to let our bodies recover, but also a time where our minds have time to relax and mentally recover from stress and work. Having a hobby is not beneficial however, it is a bonus. Whether you exercise at home, in the gym, dance, go out with friends, pamper yourself through having a spa day or staying at home and taking a relaxing bath with a face mask and watching your favourite Netflix show or movie.
At the end of the day, I am aware of how busy someone’s schedule can be. I know from personal experiences with myself and my mum. We both work very hard together and alone in what we do. What I want you to take from this is; in order to work efficiently and effectively, you need to rest, regenerate and relax. Those are the 3 R’s to surviving a hectic day, week, month or year. Self-care does not mean that you must spend hundreds or thousands of pounds on spa treatments or a shopping spree, that is, unless you want to and are able to as well as if it is what helps you to de-stress yet I do not recommend. Why? Simply put: money does not buy happiness. Being happy comes from within. It comes from eating good which helps you feel good. Feeling good makes us happy. Take care of yourself mentally, physically and emotionally.
If you are going through a tough time at home or at work, it is okay to seek help from a professional. You can do so through your doctor or through a therapist. Asking for help does not make you weak, it makes you strong. If you feel like you need a little bit if extra encouragement or help in order to get back on track or to help you get through a few things as you may be unsure of how to deal with them, do so. We are all human and sometimes, taking care of ourselves means asking for help.