Some of you might not understand how self-care comes to play when a person has low self-esteem. But, self-care is one of the most important aspects of growing your self-esteem. Self-esteem is all about how much value you place on yourself, taking care of yourself is one way to show how much you value yourself. Take for instance you just got a car; you will spend many hours cleaning that car because of the value you have attached to it. The car doesn’t have to be the most expensive, but because you have saved up for it. You automatically gave it special care.
Self-care can mean different things to different people in different professions, but it usually involves being aware of your own or your family’s health needs and knowing what actions to take to stay healthy.
Self-care is learned, purposeful and continuous. Self-care includes all the health decisions we make to ensure that we are physically and mentally fit. It involves practices such as exercising, eating well, practicing good hygiene, making healthy lifestyle choices, knowing if and when you should seek medical treatment and avoiding health hazards such as smoking and drinking to prevent ill health.
Self-care is also whichever action or behavior that we engage in to avoid triggering health problems and aids us by improving our mental and physical health.
In philosophy, self-care refers to the care and cultivation of self in a comprehensive sense, focusing in particular on the soul and the knowledge of self.
Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, here are the numerous ways you take care of that temple;
- Groom yourself
Grooming is essential to self-care. You groom yourself by bathing regularly, brushing and flossing your teeth, and eating tasty and healthy food. When you take care of your basic needs, you are telling yourself you deserve the time and attention.
- Use a mirror
A mirror is essential to self-care, it shows you where to adjust, and it is also your biggest fan. Ensure you wear clothes that fit you and your body type, and make sure that you’ve taken time with your appearance.
- Dance around
I love to dance, even though I am not an excellent dancer, sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and I play my gospel hotlist. It is always amazing. Research shows that listening to music makes already positive emotions even more intense, and upbeat music in particular can do great things for your mood. So, only listen to songs that bring a smile to your face.
- Fruits and vegetables
Your diet is an important part of self-care. Adding more fruits and veggies to our plate is a great way to practice self-care all throughout the day.
Exercising daily can prevent chronic stress from damaging your health. Exercise does not have to be complicated. Start with small steps.
Your body needs it.
- Get outside
Being in the outdoors makes me feel more alive. It can be as little as a walk on the beach, a visit to a park, or spending time with friends and family.
- Be kind
Always be kind to everybody. We learn how to be kind to ourselves when we are kind to others.
This book of the Law shall not depart from your heart; you shall mediate on it day and night. I have gotten this far because of how much or how many times I meditate on the Word of God, when negative thoughts come to my mind about how I am a failure, scriptures come alive in my heart, and I immediately give a shout of victory.
Sleep is more important to your body’s ability to function properly than food or water. Your body repairs itself when you are sleeping deeply. Failing to get enough sleep impairs your body’s ability to function and, if severe enough can actually result in your system starting to break down. Getting 7-9 hours of sound sleep every night can help you look and feel better. It can help you have a more positive attitude and more energy.
There are several benefits of self-care; I will highlight only the important ones. These are;
- Your self-esteem improves
- You build your self confidence
- Self-care starts as a chore then you begin to love yourself.
- You gain a fresh new perspective towards life, feeling positive.
- You get the joy of time by being with yourself
- You become a better care taker
- You minimize any stress while increasing your overall health and well-being.
- You feel healthy and good about your body.
- Your soul feels at peace and remains in harmony with what’s going on around.
- You begin to make informed decisions about your health.
- You improve your quality of life.