The importance of taking time and putting effort into self-care is getting more recognition. To some, focusing on self-care may feel indulgent or gets pushed to the backburner. This is especially true for the elderly population, who may have spent a good deal of their lives taking care of others. It is never too late to prioritize yourself and take the time to fulfill your own needs and wants.
Mental health and general well-being can also decline as you age. Taking care of all parts of yourself is proven to increase your physical, mental, and emotional well-being, leading to a higher quality of life well into your later years.
Taking Care of Yourself
Self-care does not have to be a big complicated effort with a large time or money investment. It can also be as simple as taking care of yourself and your needs in your daily life. Take stock of what your daily life and routine looks like, then evaluate what is, or is not, working for you. Be mindful about what brings positivity and health into your life for your mind, body, and spirit and aim for a balance in supporting all three aspects.
Caring for your mind may include reading, learning a new skill, taking a class, researching more about a topic that interests you, doing a sudoku or crossword puzzle – anything that makes you think.
Taking care of your body might look like eating well and balanced, trying new recipes, incorporating exercise or joyful movement, getting out into the sun and fresh air, or even going to regular doctor appointments.
Care of the spirit is very individual and about remembering to fill your soul. This may mean being with loved ones, making time for your religion or spiritual practice, or meditating.
Go Above and Beyond
Outside of caring for yourself in your daily life, self-care can be taking the time to go above and beyond for yourself, especially when you need a boost or something special to look forward to. Think about your personal interests or hobbies and plan a night out, or in, to devote some time to them. Consider scheduling one day a week like self-care Sundays, a monthly splurge on something that brings you joy, or even plan a vacation. A good place to start is making a list of possible ways to give yourself a little extra care, both big and small, and keep it handy for when you need it.
CJ & Associates Care Consulting knows the importance of care. Contact us today for more information about how we can support you and your loved ones.