What self-care is, how important it is for us is a surprise to many. Although when it comes to acknowledging the need for self-care, practising it and speaking about self-care it could easily be assume that this is a practice solely dominated by and mostly beneficial for women. It is often ignored that self-care is in fact as crucial for men as it is for women. Men who do appreciate self-care may not always speak openly about self-care being a part of their lives.
Affirmations are simply statements or sentences that we say or think repeatedly. They can be positive or negative and affect both your conscious and subconscious mind. What is so powerful about affirmations is that by repeating them daily, you can actually transform your life. What you think or say over and over can sink into your subconscious mind and, believe it or not, become part of your reality. This can be a little tricky to grasp at first – but there is science behind it.
Self-Care: What is it, and what are its benefits? 30 simple self-care tips you can start applying before Christmas!
Self-care according to the World Health Organization (WHO), is “the ability of individuals, families and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and to cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a healthcare provider”. It’s also about intentions and actions we do with awareness to improve our overall health, through an array or combination of mental, physical, emotional, or spiritual well-being activities and rituals.
Mindfulness is a concept that has been around for as long as you can think of. Mindfulness is referred to as a state where a person is fully aware of their present and isn’t overwhelmed with whatever’s happening around them, regrets about what’s happened in the past or worried about what’s going to happen in the future. It isn’t something that you can just take from someone, mindfulness is already within us, all we have to do is reach out to it.
For those who are yet to understand what mental health is, it refers to your behavioral, cognitive, and emotional health. Being mentally fit has a positive impact on your overall health as well. Plus it allows you to live a peaceful and happy life full of productivity with the strength to face whatever challenges the future has to offer.