If you’re interested in self-care but not sure where to start, you’ve come to the right place. Here at Vital Proteins, we’re all about nourishing our minds and bodies from the inside out. Self-care is getting more attention than ever these days, and we’re happy to see that this important aspect of health is coming into the limelight. Here’s a little mini-guide that explains all you need to know about self-care: what it is, why it’s important and how you can get started with a regular self-care practice (spoiler alert: We have a FREE Self-Care Guide below!).
What Do We Mean by ‘Self-Care’?
Self-care can mean any number of things, but sometimes it can be mistaken for self-indulgence. This is far from the truth: While self-care can definitely feel indulgent, it’s nothing to be ashamed of!
In reality, the majority of us take too little time for our own self-care. It doesn’t mean expensive spa days or “me time” at the shopping mall (though it very well may take those forms if it feels right). Rather, self-care is about ensuring that you get all of your basic needs met. A lot of us spend too much time stressing about things like work, social commitments, social media, family obligations and self-expectations. It can leave us feeling anxious, exhausted and overwhelmed.
So, what exactly are our basic needs? Here are a few of the areas where a lot of us could use some TLC:
- Eating nourishing, healthy food that makes our bodies and minds feel good
- Engaging in creative, fun activities that help us achieve flow
- Quieting the mind, allowing us to be in the moment and to achieve real relaxation
- Cultivating a lifestyle that we enjoy
- Getting healthy physical activity and exercise
- Taking time apart from our loved ones, allowing us to be alone with ourselves
Why Is Self-Care So Important?
Relaxation has always been important, but self-care has probably never been more necessary than it is now. The fact of the matter is that our lives are much different than they used to be. Between ever-increasing mobile connectedness, media updates, work requirements and money concerns, life has become…. Complicated.
As if these stressors weren’t bad enough, they are more than simple annoyances. If left unchecked, they can impact our physical health. Stress stimulates the release of cortisol, a fight-or-flight hormone. When we’re constantly stuck in a cortisol loop, stress can have major consequences on our bodies, from weight gain to insomnia.
And let’s not forget the more general purpose of relaxation: To relax because it feels good! Only with a good amount of relaxation in our lives can we feel happy and healthy.
How to Practice Self-Care
Now for the fun part: Getting started with a self-care practice! Lucky for you, we’ve put together a free guide dedicated completely to self-care. Featuring yoga how-tos, meditation tips and healthy recipes, our Vital Self-Care Guide has you covered. Get it here!