What the Heck is Self-Care?

I’ve been sick for over three weeks.  Started out as allergies, which irritated everything, triggering a sinus infection and bronchitis.  Then the broad spectrum antibiotic and antifungal I was taking kicked my IBS into high gear.  Don’t worry, I can take a hint!!  I took a week off work to go to my brother’s and rest and think. One of the things I realized is that I’ve been seriously lacking in self-care lately.

Self-care is the act of taking care of yourself. It is doing exactly what you need to do to feel the best all around. This includes mentally, physically, and emotionally. Each person has their own way to give themselves self-care. This can be anything from quitting your exhausting job, to getting your hair done, or ensuring you have time to read each evening before bed.

Taking care of yourself should not be overlooked. There are many benefits that result from a self-care routine. If you are not taking care of yourself, eventually it can lead to overwhelming stress, lack of confidence, less productivity at work, and even cause deteriorating relationships with family and friends.

To really understand self-care, you need to understand yourself first. Ask yourself these questions to gain some clarity.

? What are the things I need to do to feel complete?
? What activities help me relieve stress?
? Is there anything I can eliminate from my daily schedule that is preventing       me from taking care of myself?
? Am I happy with my exercise routine?
? Am I eating healthy?

The way you answer these questions determines your self-care needs. Once you have defined your needs, you need to make room for them in your schedule, and follow through to reap the benefits.

Self-care is extremely beneficial for optimal health. Let’s look at a few of the amazing benefits you’ll experience over time.

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Increased Positivity – Adding self-care activities to your schedule will give you something to look forward to. Now you will no longer be thinking about how bad your day is.  Instead, you’ll be looking forward to reading that book in total silence or getting your nails done after work.
Increased Self-Confidence – Your needs are now a top priority and that is a good thing. After all, you can’t take good care of others, if you’re letting yourself fall apart.  Self-confidence will naturally increase because you are simply doing the things that make you feel good.
Improved Immunity – Self-care allows you to give your body a break from stress, anxiety and emotional trauma, which increases your immunity. Stress and depression can overload your mind and body, so it is crucial to reduce your stress as much as possible.
Better Relationships – The more your needs are met the better your relationships will be with other people. When you are feeling down about yourself and don’t feel important, chances are that’s what you are putting out to others.
Higher Productivity – All the benefits that have been stated above help with increased productivity at work and at home. Less stress, higher immunity, and higher self-confidence all help to boost productivity.

Remember, self-care is all about you as an individual. So, what you need to do to take care of yourself won’t be the same as your spouse, friends, or family. After this routine is put in place, you should notice a significant change in your health and overall well-being.

Yellow Socks for Purple Monsters Book Review

Title: Yellow Socks for Purple Monsters

Author: Teresa Heihn

Illustrator: Erin Raught

Genre: Children’s Sleep

Publisher: YSPM Holdings

Release Date: February 17, 2018

Format: Kindle, Paperback

Pages: 41 pages

About the Book:

A young boy with a newly found and mysterious door under his bed.

A young monster with a similar door in the the ceiling above his head.

A trap is set. The bait is taken. And each is ever more curious as to what (or who) is on the other side. Momma may say “No” or “it’s nothing important”, but the need to know is too great. Each child must know what lies behind the door.

My Review:

Disclaimer: This book was written by my friend, Teresa Heihn.  I received a free copy for the purpose of review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

The first thing that drew me to Yellow Socks for Purple Monsters, was the adorable illustrations by Erin Raught.  Both the monster’s room and the boy’s room are so inviting and warm, even though vastly different.  The second thing was Teresa Heihn’s delightful story, written entirely in verse, reminiscent of my beloved Dr. Seuss.

At its core, the story is a comforting tale for children, a tale of why not to fear the monster under the bed.  On another level, it is an allegory about about humankind’s basic mistrust of anyone “different.”  Either way, it is an excellent read.

I highly recommend Yellow Socks for Purple Monsters, either as a reassuring bed time story, or as a discussion starter for family night. I give the story 5 yellow socks – a must read!!!

About the Author:

This is Teresa’s first of hopefully many books to be fully realized for print. As the mother of two grow children, the nightly bedtime routine included bringing classic stories to life, or creating new tales from the ideas that the kids would think up on the spot.

 

 

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