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Why Self-Care Is Important and How to Add It to Your Routine

For many people, self-care sounds self-indulgent – and selfish. And even those who believe it’s important have a hard time fitting it in. They think, “When I have time…”

The problem is that no one with responsibilities really has the time. You have to make the time. That means putting other things to the side in favor of being kind to yourself. This is why so many people believe it’s a selfish act.

The truth, though, is that self-care is far from selfish. It’s a necessity. And, believe it or not, not taking care of yourself is a bit selfish. That may seem strange, but consider what happens when you don’t do it.

Self-care is a way of filling yourself up, physically, mentally, and emotionally. When you are filled up, you have plenty to give. When you’re not, there’s nothing to give – to your kids, your spouse, your job, or any other significant thing in your life. They can’t drink from a cup that is empty.

This is why self-care is so important. It feeds not only you but everything in your life that matters – even if you don’t realize it.

How to Add Self-Care to Your Already Full Schedule

Self-care doesn’t have to take hours. A few minutes here and there – along with a few longer sessions from time to time – can work wonders. The following are a few things you can add to your schedule without much extra effort.

1. Take Care With Your Appearance

You don’t have to dress like a Hollywood star, but it can be difficult to feel good about yourself when your hair isn’t combed. Think about the little things that make you feel good, such as basic hygiene, wearing a certain color, or putting on a little makeup or cologne. Make sure you do at least those things regularly.

2. Get a Haircut

A new hairstyle can provide an immediate boost to your mood and self-image. Visiting a barbershop or hair salon Denver-located is a good step toward self-care. And though you don’t have to make this a weekly task, heading back to the salon regularly can keep your hair and attitude fresh.

3. Get Physical

Exercise – even in small increments – can improve your mood, health, and productivity levels. It can also help you sleep more restfully and have more energy.

If you can’t fit in a full workout, you can start with a daily walk around your neighborhood. You can also fit in fitness by walking up the stairs and parking farther away from the entrance to your grocery store. As your fitness and energy levels improve, you can add in some extra exercise.

4. Let It Go

There are few things as powerful as pain, shame, and trauma when it comes to holding people back from living their full potential. And though it’s not easy, it’s essential that you find a way to let these things go.

Journaling can help you process feelings and emotions, which provides an avenue for working through the past. Therapy can also be an effective method.

These few tips are just the tip of the iceberg, but each can provide a small step toward taking care of yourself. If you combine several small steps, you’ll find yourself making giant leaps and being able to care for everyone and everything more effectively.