Post by – Andrea Vizcaíno.
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When we talk of SELF-CARE we refer to the group of conducts that we can do in order to improve or maintain our personal well-being, both physical and psychological.
What type of persons normally takes care of themselves? What type of persons normally finds time for themselves?
It even seems logical to think that people who value and love themselves will look after and thus will dedicate time to themselves.
We have to take into account that to love ourselves is essential for psychological survival and probably the problem of not loving ourselves lies in the exclusively human capacity of making judgements and evaluations. One of the characteristics that differentiate human beings from animals is our self-awareness, that is, the capacity to define who we are and decide if we like or not what we see.
But how do people come to value if they are valid or not? Is social success what makes us love or value ourselves? Or is loving ourselves what promotes social success? Do we have to love ourselves to take care of ourselves? Or do we have to take care of ourselves to love ourselves? What comes first, the egg or the hen?
However you look at it they are two paths that arrive at the same destination. The importance of SELF-CARE.
“Love and care for oneself is a precious gift that we have to look after and pamper”
If I love myself, if I value myself I will look after myself. I will do things that I know are good for me and with which I will maintain my personal well-being and even increase it.
If I don’t love myself, and obviously my personal well-being is nowhere to be seen and I want to find a solution… I will look after myself. Doing good things for me, dedicating time and love to myself with the passing of time will make me end up loving, valuing, and respecting myself .
“What really gives us beauty, value, and happiness is maintaining a good condition of physical and emotional health”
Quiero remarcarte que el poder de quererte está en ti, poco a poco a base de incorporar pequeñas rutinas aumentará tu autoconfianza y eso te hará sentir bell@ por dentro y por fuera.
I want to insist that the power of loving yourself is in you. Little by little, by including small routines you will increase your self-confidence and that will make you feel beautiful inside and outside. To elaborate your self-care plan you have to take into account that the routine you decide has to be personal and non-transferable. That is, what works for your friend may not work for you. Or simply you might not like it and thus not enjoy it. It is about doing things that satisfy your need and make you develop pleasant emotions. Generate a flow of pleasant emotions that we give to ourselves.
Where do I start?
1. Have your objective clear: it will always be TO IMPROVE YOUR WELL-BEING.
2. YOU HAVE TO LIKE the activities/behaviours you choose.
It’s no use drinking tea if you don’t like it and it is not a pleasant moment for you.
It is important that you stop at this point 🛑
Make a list of all the activities you like or that make you feel good. Dedicate a few days to see what you could include. Don’t forget to include your beauty routine in your self-care plan. The skin is the largest organ of the body and is its barrier with the outside world. This is why it is very important that you take special care of it; it deserves it. And taking into account our objective “Improving our well-being” we mustn’t forget that the perception of beauty influences the level of personal satisfaction of the life of women.
3. Be careful with the trick activities, or as I call them “snacks”.
I’m talking about those activities with which you manage to disconnect from daily life but that don’t give you anything
4. Take care with how you speak to yourself
The self-care plan will not work if your internal dialogue is full of guilt, criticism, etc. Each person has their circumstances, and even each day has its peculiarities, so there will be days when you can do more and days when you can do less. That isn’t a problem, as we are not seeking to feel good today; we are seeking to improve our personal well-being, and this will come with time and will stay as a new lifestyle.
So remember that quality is better than quantity.
5. Enjoy what you do.
Pon atención plena en ello. Utiliza los sentidos como puerta de entrada a la información que te ayudará a disfrutar del momento presente.
Put your whole attention on it. Use the senses as the entrance door to the information that will help you to enjoy the present moment. Bear in mind that the current situation of lockdown is a potential risk factor that can harm the practice of self-care, as because it is something new it makes us connect with very different and intense emotions such as anxiety, fear, sadness, uncertainty… which can cause in us a kind of block that makes us abandon certain routines that are good for us. This is why in this exceptional situation we find ourselves in we have to make a bigger effort in paying attention to how you are treating yourself physically and emotionally. It is enough to deal with the damn Covid19, don’t you think?
REMEMBER: YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF YOUR ACTIONS AND ACTIVE PARTICIPANT OF YOUR OWN HEALTH AND WELL-BEING… WHY NOT TAKE THE LEAP TO LOVING AND RESPECTING YOURSELF?
Andrea Vizcaíno Cuenca