THE IMPORTANCE OF SELF CARE

New year, new you?

We enter the new year with such gusto. Promises are made and resolutions are proclaimed but, as we say goodbye to January, many of us have already seen those new year’s resolutions fall by the wayside.

Rather than setting unrealistic goals and punishing or chastising ourselves if we slip, we’ve set a gentler challenge this year- to be kind to ourselves. This year, our mantra is to breathe. To treat our wellbeing as the precious commodity that it is. Our new year’s resolution? Self care.

WORDS GEMMA WATTS

PHOTOGRAPHY GEMMA WATTS & SHAUN LYLE

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WHAT IS SELF CARE?

Self care doesn’t mean spending a great deal of money on spa treatments or weekends away- put simply, self care means putting your needs first. Self care sees us prioritise our mental and physical health, giving back to ourselves rather than taking away.

Self care begins with listening to your body. Need an early night? Say “no” to that party invitation without guilt. Want a quiet weekend? Allow yourself to take one. Feeling down? Surround yourself with people who make you smile.

Self care comes down to you. Before you get started on your New Year’s venture, think about what truly makes you happy- then make time for it.

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WHY IS SELF CARE SO IMPORTANT?

As we grow increasingly busy, it’s easy to burn out. Social media means we are “on” at almost all hours, and we are contactable around the clock. “Burn out” doesn’t just mean growing weary- it is a state of almost constant fatigue and exhaustion that can cause you to withdraw, grow depressed and lash out. To prevent burn out, we need to put our mental well being first. This is where self care comes in.

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HOW DO WE PRIORITISE SELF CARE?

Self care is all about you, which means it will take a different shape and form for each person. Here are a few ideas to get your started. How will you take care of yourself this week?

– Spend some time outdoors. Getting some fresh air and a healthy amount of Vitamin D is wonderful for overall health and has incredible mood boosting properties.

– Read a book. We love settling in for a movie as much as the next person, but too much screen time isn’t conducive to really “switching off.” Instead, get lost in a good book.

– Call a friend or family member you haven’t spoken with in a while. If you can, schedule some time to catch up with them!

– Treat yourself to a DIY spa night. Apply your favourite face mask, work a treatment through your hair, light a beautiful candle and relax.

– Prioritise your physical and gut health. When we eat a healthy, balanced diet, our energy levels are replenished almost instantly! We love working skin and hair supplements and vitamins into our daily routine to ensure we’re giving back to our bodies.

– Get a solid eight hours of sleep. As tempting as it may be to stay up all night to complete a task or get ahead on work, the quality of the work you produce simply won’t be up to scratch if you’re suffering from fatigue.

– Learn to say “no.” If an event or gathering is going to drain energy from you, allow yourself to politely decline without guilt.

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