Eleanor Brownn, an accomplished author, once said: “Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”
We can’t agree more. Often when stress levels rise, self-care declines – an unfortunate cycle that affects all facets of an individual’s life.
Practicing self-care may seem like an obvious step toward improving mental and physical health. But sometimes it takes a reminder or even permission from an outsider for us to feel OK about taking time for ourselves. Self-care is not a selfish act; rather, it is necessary for survival.
We want to remind you of that with this week’s Be Better Challenge, which is to set aside an hour (or more if you can) to spoil yourself. Take time this week to do something you want to do, instead of doing something you should or need to do. You’re worth it. By routinely practicing self-care, you let yourself know that you are important.
Practically speaking, it would be silly not to indulge in a little (or a lot of!) self-care, considering the numerous health benefits that go along with spoiling yourself. These benefits include – but are not limited to – stress reduction, lasting feelings of happiness and well-being, lower blood pressure, boosted immunity, improved circulation, and the ability to take better care of others.
Potential ways to pamper yourself this week include:
- Taking a hot bath before bed
- Getting your nails done
- Taking that dance class you’ve been meaning to make time for
- Getting a massage
- Treating yourself to your favorite meal
- Finally purchasing that handbag that you’ve been eyeing for months
- Enjoying a night out with friends, a significant other, or simply by yourself
For more ideas, look at these articles on Parent.com and Parentables.howstuffworks.com.
Regardless of what self-care activity you choose, enjoy the moment and remind yourself how much you truly deserve this.
Spoil yourself to Be Better.