As the importance of self-care continues to rise, this International Women’s Day, it’s time to make time for yourself and learn how to intimately love yourself. These 4 self-care steps are easy to implement but will play a big role in improving your health. And remember these practices are not just applicable in March, but all year long.
Self-care is an action taken out of self-love, or love of yourself. Through the extensive marketing practices of the beauty industry and social media sharing, face masks, massages and manicures have become popularised as self-care practices. While these can be acts of self-care, their results may be short-lived and seem superficial.
Through my Health Coaching, I have seen first-hand some self-care practices that have profound long-term impacts for my clients all over the world. Here are a few of them:
1. Create a personal self-love mantra
A personal mantra is an affirmative sentence or phrase you create, which is born from your authentic desires. Choose one desire to focus on and create a statement, which will be your mantra. One I use often for myself and my clients is, “I am enough.”
Use your mantra at any point in the day, particularly when you begin noticing thoughts or feelings of fear, doubt, anxiety or lack of love. You can write your mantra on your mirror, on a note you keep in your purse or as a reminder to pop up on your phone throughout the day. Remember, this is a personal mantra and there is no right or wrong.
2. Ask for help
Is there something that causes you stress or annoyance that you wish you had help with? Ask for help with that thing from a trusted person—that could be a partner, friend, family member, or paid help. This frees up your time and energy to be used for other areas that can create more joy in your life.
3. Book an exam with your doctor
Show your body the love it deserves by checking in with the doctor to see what’s going on inside from a health perspective. For women, this can also include a visit to your gynaecologist. Get intimate with how your body is functioning on the inside by taking yourself on a “date” to the doctor
4. Set a boundary.
Boundaries are an act of self-love in a major way. You are setting a boundary to protect and maintain your physical and emotional well-being. A healthy boundary could be waiting one hour after waking in the morning before checking social media or email. Or deciding you will remove yourself from a conversation if yelling occurs.
While these self-care practices may not seem as pampering as a face mask, the impact they have on your health will be longer lasting. They are personalised for you, you can come back to them at any time to practice again and they positively impact your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
If you’re unsure how to implement these practices or would like to learn more about self-care, consider enlisting the support of a Certified Health Coach like myself.