Taking Care Of You: Your Self-Care Guide
Do you constantly feel burned out? Can’t remember the last time you did something nice for yourself? Perhaps you’ve been neglecting a crucial aspect of stress management known as self-care. Getting a full night of sleep, cooking yourself a healthy meal, socializing with friends and taking time to relax are all forms of self-care. The concept encompasses a variety of activities that improve well-being and relieve stress. Self-care is not an indulgence or an occasional treat — it’s a way of living that incorporates behaviors that help you feel rested, refreshed, re-energized and more resilient.
Self-Care guide created by Tyler’s Beauty & Spa Academy a nail tech school
Stress may be an inevitable part of life, but developing a healthy response to it is essential to maintaining well-being and a strong immune system. Chronic stress can make you more susceptible to illness and emotional imbalance. Aside from sapping your energy, stress can cause or exacerbate medical conditions such as cancer, heart disease and hypertension. It unconsciously activates the body’s fight-or-flight response to protect you from perceived threats. Additionally, ongoing stress can interfere with your work, attitude, and social and family relationships.
Self-care offers a means to manage stressors that arise in daily life. It allows you to slow down, focus on yourself and be in the moment while you recover from the detrimental effects of stress, panic and anxiety. Whether you choose to get a massage, meditate, exercise or take time for a bubble bath, incorporating self-care into your schedule can give your mind and body a few peaceful minutes to recharge. For more helpful tips on why self-care is vital for your health, see the accompanying guide.