It’s that time of year for many of us. Holiday season 2021 is here.
And as much as it is “the most wonderful time of the year.” For many it is also the most stressful time of the year.
High expectations. Spending time with people who we love…or not so much in some cases.
Then add to that the pandemic and you have a recipe for some stressful time.
Taking time out and caring for yourself goes a long way to reducing stress.
Read below for some of my tips about the benefits of self-care.
Better Self-Care Can Lead to Success
Self-care often gets sacrificed when other things seem more important: business meetings, social commitments, family obligations.
While these things are important (and can in some cases contribute to self-care), we need to take time to ourselves when we feel most in need of it. This personal investment will not be for nothing; in fact, self-care is important if we want to optimize our performance in any area of our lives. Taking the time to maintain our physical, emotional, and mental health can lead to success in many ways.
Here are four ways that self-care can benefit you.
1. Helps us to maintain perspective
Self-care, regardless of the form, allows us to take a break from our everyday routines to gain a greater understanding of ourselves as individuals. We are better able to identify our triggers and put things into perspective, rearranging our priorities to understand what is important and what isn’t.
This perspective contributes to a healthier life as we understand where stress is justified and where we should be more relaxed.
2. Helps us to keep positive
Self-care is an important key to our mental and emotional wellbeing. People who invest time in taking care of themselves are more likely to be more optimistic and see the silver linings in bad situations. It is an effective way for maintaining positive moods, rather than succumbing to darker emotions.
3. Improves our relationships
By investing in ourselves, we’re better equipped to interact with and support others. Self-care allows us to maintain our own health and therefore put us in a good place to be able to engage with others and maintain strong relationships.
4. Improves our work performance
While self-care has traditionally been viewed as indulgent, it often has far-reaching effects that extend beyond ourselves. People who invest in self-care are more likely to be healthier, both physically and mentally, and are therefore better prepared to perform at work.
They are likely to be more focused, more emotionally stable and form stronger, more positive relationships. All of these things are highly beneficial in the workplace and will lead to greater performance.
It does take time to invest in self-care, although the benefits far outweigh the price. Take the time to establish a good routine that includes self-care practices, whatever this looks like to you, and you will be sure to reap the rewards. Self-care is an important component of maintaining good health and should not be overlooked or disregarded.
As many of us are approaching the holidays, setting up a routine for self-care will help to manage stress in the workplace and while we are spending more with our families.