Sometimes the many commitments make us forget that we have to take care of ourselves: the only person who will accompany us throughout our life.
It may be that thinking about your well-being and making yourself a priority on your daily “duty” list seems selfish to us, but it is not. In fact, one of the most important investments we can make is what concerns ourselves, our health, our needs and our well-being. In addition, it is essential to know how to take care of yourself so that you can take care of others in a more wholesome way.
Dedicating the hours of our day to taking care of others is an initiative that comes from the most genuine and profound affection; however, when this situation is constant, the emotional toll is steep. If a person devotes a large part of his life to caring for others, on a practical level (doing things for others) or sentimentally (giving emotional support), he stops taking care of himself and may even forget how to do it.
For this reason, in this article we will talk about how to take care of yourself, since it is a fundamental and necessary ability to be able to enjoy good psychological and emotional health.
Why can taking care of yourself be so difficult?
Because human beings often act, move and make decisions based on what they need or what others say; they do not think about their needs and forget about them.
In other words, just as if we stop doing a certain activity, we lose practice and fluency and we even forget how much we liked it, if we stop listening to ourselves and taking care of ourselves, we forget how to do it. This situation is particularly observed in people who spend many years looking after their children or a family member and, by the time they stop doing it, they become depressed, experience anxiety and do not understand what is happening to them and why they feel this way.
People who don’t know how to take care of themselves go to a therapist and explain that they have a feeling of being lost: they feel adrift, stuck and unable to do anything different to get out of the situation they are in. In all these cases it happens that the time has come to “take care of yourself” but you don’t know how to do it. We are faced with a task that is almost impossible, strange and we do not know where to start.
Think that, if you are well, all the difficulties that surround you will be easier to overcome. Furthermore, you must accept that this task is up to you. In other words, if you have a partner, friends, family or children, it’s great if they care about your well-being (and in a sense they “should”), but you don’t have to wait for them to take care of you. because it is a task that you have to complete on your own . To do this, we suggest 7 practical ideas below.