Are you reaping the benefits of self-care? What do you do for yourself that’s just for you? Do you work out, meditate?

Are you so busy, going, doing and taking care of others that caring for yourself is not only an afterthought but inconceivable?

You may think with all of the responsibilities you have that self-care is selfish.

I assure you it’s quite the opposite. You are missing out on the benefits of self-care.

Consider how you feel when you don’t take care of yourself. You might feel tired, cranky, overwhelmed, have difficulty making decisions or you might get sick.

If you are struggling with any of these how on earth can you take care of anyone or anything.

You can’t!

However, if you practice a little self-care every day you will experience these benefits of self-care:

  • Be more productive
  • Experience better health
  • Increase your self-awareness
  • Reduce your stress level
  • Have more energy and time to give

“Almost everything will work again if you just unplug them for a few minutes. Including you!” – Anne Lamott

Self-care is the practice of taking an active role in protecting your well-being and happiness, particularly during periods of stress. If you take care of your well being you can take care of the well being of others. That is another one of the benefits of self-care.

It can be as simple as going for a walk, taking a nap, meditating or preparing a healthy, nutritious meal.

As difficult as it is, saying NO to obligations that you do not have the time or energy for or is not something you are truly interested in is self-care and it relieves stress, too! NO is an empowering word!

When your daily routine includes self-care those periods of stress become fewer and far between and when they do occur, you are able to deal with them in a more calm and controlled manner.

The Three Essentials:

1.   Make it simple. Especially when you first begin your self-care routine. Take small steps and incorporate them into our life. Take a walk at lunchtime or turn off all electronics at 8 pm.

2.   Plan it. If you’re anything like me, if it isn’t on my calendar it does not happen. Block time in your calendar for your self-care.

3.   Make it count. Don’t do it halfway. When you are engaged in your self-care, turn off the phone, the tv and focus on you!

Self-care is different for everyone and there is no wrong way of performing self-care.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Get enough sleep
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Read a book for fun
  • Start a journal
  • Go for a walk at lunchtime
  • Take your vacation time
  • Exercise regularly.

Please visit the link below for idea from my self-care routine and how the concept of 20/20/20 can change your life!

Denise Stegall
Denise Stegall

Hi, I’m Denise Stegall,

As a speaker, coach, and curator of Living Healthy List my experience ignites ideas, conversation, and connection. I am a connector, a leader who radiates emotional intelligence, strength, positivity, resilience, and a zest for life!

I bring you 20 years of experience/study in nutrition, cooking, exercise, and coaching to show you how you can enjoy a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life through nutrition and self-empowerment.

I earned my Bachelors’s Degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Business Management with a focus on nutrition, experience in the hospitality industry and has certifications in Health Coaching, Life Coaching, Nutrition, ETP and Plant-Based Cooking.

My experience in cooking and nutrition delivers a unique perspective on what works (and doesn’t work) for most people.  The Living Healthy List Method uses three pillars: Eat Real Food, Make Good Decisions, and Be Accountable.  By following this simple plan anyone can have a truly healthy, happy, and fulfilling life.

As an authentic connector, inspirational thought leader I am determined to provide Living Healthy List readers with honest, reliable, research-backed content that can be implemented in real life to help you create a healthy, happy life you are working hard to find so you can grow, relax and transform into the person you always dreamed of being!  Feeling more confident.  Reaching beyond your limitations.  Enjoy life more and FLOURISH!