This past year has been a hectic year for many all over the world. People have been coping with all that life brings in many ways. Today I’d like to share with you the importance of self-care especially for those of us with fibromyalgia.
When I was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I received all sorts of information on how to improve my symptoms… but the one that was the most memorable was to practice self-care “It may sound selfish to a healthy person, but it is necessary for you to put your health first. Pace yourself, ask for help, and whatever brings you peace, do more of that. Stress and chaos are our enemies.…”
I remember thinking “I take care of myself” but in all actuality, I only thought I was taking good care of myself.
There are many reasons why introducing practices of self-care into your life can make a pivotal difference in your life. For many, these practices and habits get overlooked in the chaos of the day.
What Is Self-Care
Self-care is defined as any activity that is intentionally meant to care for our mental, physical, emotional, and even spiritual health and wellness. Certain activities are common self-care practices. This means taking care of yourself so that you are healthy physically, and mentally.
You are at your best so that you can work, interact with friends and family, and you can do all the things you need to and want to in a day. This can look very different for each individual but some common self-care activities are listed below.
Taking a hot bath to relax
Enjoying a cup of tea
Getting a massage.
Listening to calming music
Cutting down on screen time.
And many more.
How many of these self-care activities do you practice? I can honestly say that I participate in each of these on a regular basis. I wish I were able to afford a massage more often, but a couple of times a year is working!
Why Is Self-Care Important
Adding self-care practices to your life has many benefits. Self-care is shown to reduce stress. In addition, many people feel that making time in their lives for self-care practices improves their own mental health greatly. Many people also report greater levels of happiness in their daily lives when incorporating self-care practices.
Taking care of yourself can also improve physical health. In addition to self-care on a personal level, self-care is a factor when facing illness, disease, or disability. Many health care professionals are adopting an integrative health care style approach that includes checking in with patients to help them seek balance in all aspects of life. This helps people facing illness or disease recover faster, better, and more successfully overall.
Tips To Practice Self Care In Your Life
Get enough sleep
Balance your commitments and priorities
Make a weekly schedule
Say no to optional tasks or events you don’t want to take on.
Stay on top of physical and mental health
Allow quality time for friends and family.
Making space for self-care in your life provides great benefits to physical and mental health. Some aspects of self-care are personally enriching and fun.
Some of the best advice I received early on in my diagnosis was to practice self-care. Between my self-care practices, changes in lifestyle, and diet modifications I feel fantastic almost every single day of the week on a routine basis; which is not where I started....
In fact, when I was first diagnosed, I was at my low point. I felt hopeless and felt like my life was over…
Please remember self-care is not selfish; it is vital to being a well healthy and balanced person. This lets you face whatever life throws at you without breaking your stride.
If you’d like more information on how I was able to achieve relief from my fibromyalgia, ADHD, and IBS by practicing techniques like self-care, click here to set up a comprehensive evaluation.
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