I understand how easy it is to care for others above my own needs as a caregiver myself. But at what expense?
Self-care is the basis for our overall health; it prevents disease, helps cope with illnesses, promotes longer life, and provides a sense of purpose.
Unfortunately, our health is not something we can neglect without severe consequences.
Taking care of yourself is as important as the care you give others.
It is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day routine of caring for someone else. That is why it is vital to implement daily habits into practice to prioritize your health.
5 Areas to prioritize in your life to become a better, stronger you.
Eating healthy meals
Getting proper exercise
Maintain positive relationships with family and friends
Have regular face-to-face time with friends
Engage your mind in stimulating activities such as reading or puzzles
Practice giving yourself grace as compassion and acceptance for yourself and your feelings
Religious services/study groups
Engage in healthy activities to recharge.
Develop healthy coping skills to process emotions.
It is essential to remember while each of these is important; the key is finding the balance to incorporate all five components together. A body can't be emotionally strong with only a few hours of sleep. Positive external relationships come when a person has a sense of calm, often gained through emotional or spiritual activities.
Our body is interconnected, and, to be at our best for others, we have to do the best we can for ourselves.