Self-Care: Why It’s More Important Than Ever

Self-Care: Why It’s More Important Than Ever
Creating balance in your mind, body, and spirit is what self-care is all about. Taking the time to slow down brings benefits to ourselves and those around us. A regular self-care routine that promotes relaxation and enhances wellbeing allows us to be more productive, mindful, healthy, happy and resilient.

Could your self-care routine use a refresh? Pamper yourself all that you can with these wonderful self-care ideas.

Why is self-care important?
You've likely heard the saying, "To know thyself is to love thyself." When we understand and meet our individual needs, it sets us on a path to better overall health, wellness and understanding. Self-care improves our confidence and our ability to deal with stress in our multi-tasking, fast-paced world. It also allows us to be authentic, accepting, and compassionate, which improves our relationships with others.

How do I practice a good self-care routine?
A self-care routine can be a daily ritual or a weekly event, where you close off from the rest of the world to look after your physical or mental well being. Practicing self-care every day can be as simple as taking a few minutes to write down your daily intentions or breathe and meditate.

What is a self-care day?
Booking off a chunk of time or even a whole day once a week, say on a Sunday, is an essential step creating a habit of healing your mind, body, and spirit. A self-care day or block of time can include activities such as going out for a cross-country ski in the woods or having a home spa day, where you light candles and ease into a nice, relaxing bath with Om Organics’ soothing, all-natural botanical bath soak.

Just make it simple and make it your own.

What are the four categories of self-care?
When practicing self-care, it helps to look at the four areas where we need the most support. This includes:

  1. Emotionally: How our heart benefits
  2. Physically: How our body benefits
  3. Psychologically: How our mind benefits
  4. Spiritually: How our soul benefits

Looking at ways we can fill in each category with a small task or gesture can make a huge difference in our overall well-being.

What are some self-care activities?
There are many ways to practice self-care. The best way to start is to think about what makes you happy and fulfilled and what will meet your emotional, physical, psychological, and spiritual needs. This could include taking a few minutes or hours to:

  • Shut down your screens and read a good book.
  • Go for a walk while listening to your favourite music.
  • Give your hair a thorough brush and keep it healthy with a weekly hair treatment.
  • Sit down to eat a healthy meal.
  • Write your intentions down in a journal.
  • Practice a skincare routine that includes an exfoliation and relaxing face mask.
  • Attend a yoga class.
  • Repeat a daily mantra to yourself.
  • Go for a pedi-manicure or massage.

Is self-care being selfish?
While some may think that practicing self-care is selfish, it is an essential step in how we work and deal with others in our workplaces and at home.

When we look after our physical and mental health, we achieve a better work-life balance. Those who practice a regular self-care routine tend to be more productive, take fewer sick days, and be happier in general. Self-care has been shown to reduce:

  • Stress
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Illness
  • Exhaustion/insomnia
  • Physical ailments/pain

Self-care has also been proven to improve relationships. When we are self-aware, it helps us better communicate and connect with others as we let go and externalize our feelings, emotions, and desires.

Get more self-care ideas by reading about the Latest Health Trends We’re Digging and of course, remember to stop and smell the roses—or some of Om Organics’ tantalizing essential oil aromatherapy blends!

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