We all know that self-care increases happiness, boosts energy, and improves concentration. What’s more, self-care strengthens relationships (romantic or not). It feels good and it’s good for you, so read on to remind yourself why you are going to recommit to it today.
Self-care plays an important role in maintaining health and relationships by bringing balance and groundedness. Self-care can manifest in countless ways. Some things that might immediately come to mind include eating healthy foods, getting a good night’s sleep, going for a walk or run, or having a nightly wind-down routine. We all have our own favorite self-care activities, however, self-care isn’t always a physical action. At the core of self-care is the practice of recognizing your worth and nurturing an unshakable sense of self-love. Self-care is all about treating your mind and body with the love and respect they deserve.
Taking time for yourself is another integral part of self-care. Parents or individuals in romantic relationships, tend to think that ‘alone time’ is selfish, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Don’t forget that finding alone time is as good for your loved ones as it is for you, because it helps you to bring a more centered version of yourself to the table.
That said, self-care doesn’t always have to be a solo act. Engaging in self-care with your loved ones (even the kids!) is a great way to strengthen bonds. It can take some trial and error to determine what shared self-care routine works for you, but as long as you both regularly dedicate some time to caring for yourselves as individuals and as a unit you’ll be on the right track.
When it comes to self-care, in regards to both solo-care and relationship-care, therapy can be a great resource. As always, KCC is here to support you and your self-care efforts.