The Harm of Lacking in Self-Care
By Samantha Davis
Self-care is vital in everyone’s life. It can mean the difference between handling the 10th stressful situation of the day and a nervous break-down. No matter who you are or what you do, practicing self-care is important and you do have the time for it.
For anyone reading, I employ you to practice a self-care technique today. Whatever that may be and notice the impact. No matter how small.
The perception of there not being enough time is likely the main reason why people don’t practice self-care the way they should. Time is a tool. We can literally make time for anything if we prioritize.
Depression and other mental health disorders impact one’s ability to take care of themselves. People with depression almost always slack in the self-care department. However, it is important for people who suffer from depression to practice taking better care of themselves to combat those symptoms.
Some even put themselves on the backburner, making them the last priority on their list. Mothers, for example, have this way of thinking. This mindset is a dangerous one to have, especially if you are a caretaker. You must take good care of yourself if you want to take good care of others.
When you don’t make the time or take any effort in taking care of yourself, things in your world begin to suffer. Not only are you neglecting yourself, you can also end up neglecting your family or other duties.
Increased depression is also a symptom of a lack of self-care. It begins a cycle of negative thoughts and actions that make the depression worsen and worsen.
Finally, neglecting yourself can set you back. You might want to start a business but find that you’re always tired and never have the energy after work. Practicing the self-care habit of eating healthy can give you the nutrients needed to increase your stamina throughout the day, giving you the energy needed to get ahead.
It’s okay if you have been slacking on your self-care regime. The most important thing is to forgive yourself and acknowledge where you are. We’re human, we aren’t perfect beings, but we are great at getting results when we try.
That is all you need to do. Try everyday to be the best version of yourself. To do this, focus on one thing at a time. Take life in bite sized chunks. And do what makes you feel happy and well. There are many ways to practice self-care. It doesn’t have to be yoga or a walk in the park. Self- care can be getting enough sleep at night or eating a well-balanced meal. It is what you decide to make it.
About the Author
My name is Samantha. I live in North West, Ohio with my son. I am an Autism mom, blogger, writer, and entrepreneur. Hobbies of mine include cooking, listening to music, walking outdoors, and working out.
My blog/ business, Soulful Success, was created to inspire others to achieve their best versions of themselves. I believe that everyone has what it takes to become successful, no matter what that definition may be for them. Furthermore, I want to inform and aid others in understanding self-wellness, and its importance when discussing success.
You can read Samantha’s “The Soul Spot” column on 3rd Thursday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.