The importance of self-care


Perla Orea Sixtos, Staff Reporter

What is Self-care? Self-care is a general term that describes everything you do deliberately for your mental, physical, and emotional well-being. As simple as it sounds, many of us pay little attention to self-care. This is why deliberately is one of the most important words in the definition. You need to be conscious of your well-being before achieving proper self-care.

Why is it important? Self-care encourages you to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself so that you can transmit good feelings to others. You cannot give to others what you don’t have forĀ  yourself. While some may misconstrue self-care as selfish, it’s far from that. When you pay adequate attention to your well-being, you are not considering your needs alone. You reinvigorate yourself to be the best version of yourself for the people around you, and for yourself.

The people you hang out with also benefit from the renewed energy and joy you exhibit. If someone you hang around with makes you feel insecure or tells you something, stop hanging around with them because that just affects your self-care.
What are some tips for improving well-being/Self-care? Physical health is a core of self-care. The body and the mind have a unique connection, and it isn’t easy to be in high spirits when you are not feeling good about yourself and your body. If you are insecure about your body, find some exercise that you love. Try to get enough sleep. Not getting enough sleep can take a toll on your physical and mental health. When you don’t get enough sleep, you are tired and your body feels like you need to relax. It messes up your mental health because, once you go to school and are so tired, you don’t feel like doing anything, just taking naps, making you fall behind in your classes.

Change your mindset. We often always have something negative to say about ourselves. Try telling yourself something positive daily, and bring yourself up instead of putting yourself down.

It’s important to make time to practice self-care because sometimes, all you need for your well-being is to do something that takes your mind away from stress. It could be something as little as listening to music; it doesn’t have to be every day, but try to fit self-care into your normal weekly routine. By doing this, you can find a change in your overall mood and mental state.