Here at Purple Freesia a core value of ours is ‘self-care’, and keeping it ‘balanced’. Self-care consists of your Physical, Mental, Emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
Self-Care, what is it?
This is when we deliberately take time out of our daily grind, for ourselves, for the betterment of our mind, body and soul.
To be clear, I am not advocating that you need to be selfish for your individual care needs. However, I do believe that you must take time out for the replenishment and refreshing of your soul, and on a daily basis, to maintain your own health.
Happiness, what is it?
Happiness can vary from one individual to the next. However, happiness is a choice that one has to willingly make. Happiness truly does come from within and accepting what you have, an focusing on this. Opposed to focusing on what you don’t have in life. A daily mantra can also help, such as ‘Today, I am choosing to be happy’. I personally love to repeat this to myself on a daily basis, and to listen to the response of my inner voice. I ask myself for ways, and ideas, to prioritise my self-care and self-love as I deeply cherish who I am, and wish for the best: to be happy.
And so, do you believe you deserve to be happy? To be fulfilled?
If so, then learning to put yourself first and to prioritise your own self-care needs is a good starting point.
How do I do that?
Think about the actions you can take, with the help of others, to improve your health and wellbeing. A good one to start with is to make a gratitude list. Think of all the things you are thankful for in your life and write them down in a list, to remind self. You can then look back on this when you feel low or forget just how much you have in your life to be thankful for.
Here are other ideas to help those who are seeking to live a healthy, sustainable life. One important habit is to simply look after your own self-care. Try the following:
- Plan to try something new – Have you considered a new hobby? Or learning a new skill to help develop yourself? Further personal growth? If not, why not?
- Try to simplify your life, especially if you have overstretched yourself and are feeling both overwhelmed and overcommitted – Do you need to let go of anything in your life? Are there any activities you can stop/change? Are the relationships in your life truly adding value to your life? Do you make time for space and your own self-care activities?
- Be still within.
- Spend quality time with quality people.
- Regulate your sleep – Are you getting quality sleep? Do you go to bed early and have a lay in to reset mind, body and soul on a weekly basis?
- Try to attempt an activity mindfully and at a slow pace.
In summary, the nurturing of mind, body and soul needs these planned activities to enable restoration and balancing of an individual. This needs to happen daily, as short spurts and on a weekly-monthly basis as longer stretches, in order to maintain our true health.