What Is Self Care Anyway?


Emily Carter

15 February 2021 2 comments

We hear a lot of talk about self care in our daily lives. Whether it’s friends, family, tutors or social media, everyone is telling us to make sure we’re making time for self care. That’s all well and good but it can lead to us asking the question: what is self care anyway?

To get all linguistic …

The Oxford English Dictionary defines self care as “the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.” It really is as simple as that!

Self-care means giving yourself permission to pause.

Self care is important

It’s important to make sure you’re looking after yourself everyday. Making time for daily self care is a must! It’s essential that you’re looking after yourself so that you can be on top form for your daily life. Think about it, you’re no use to anyone if you’re exhausted and running on an empty tank! It’s important to take time to rest and recharge, even if that’s just half an hour a day.

Some things are just better not spread too thin: yourself and peanut butter.

There’s no set method for self care

Self care looks different for everyone and so it’s important to find what works for you. Whether that’s taking a bubble bath, reading a book or playing video games. There’s no correct way to practice self care- the important thing is that you find what works and do it. For 10 quick self care tips check out my post here!

self care is not selfish

An amazing thing to try is mindfulness

When it comes to self care mindfulness is an amazing technique! It covers a wide range of things. Colouring is a great starting point. Mindful eating is another- this means you become more aware of what your food smells, feels and tastes like. Even if it’s just one meal a week. Meditation can be a brilliant tool too- I’d recommend the Headspace app if you don’t know where to start. It can be so refreshing to start practising mindfulness.

I hope this post has helped you answer the question ‘what is self care anyway?’ Do you have any top tips for self care? If so, share them with me in the comments below!

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2 thoughts on “What Is Self Care Anyway?

  1. Gayleen Hodson says:

    Love this! It’s so important to practise self care. Like you say- even a little each day goes a long way.

    1. Emily Carter

      Definitely! Just a little bit everyday can stop you from burning out. Thank you for reading!

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