March 4, 2024 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

Self-Care Is Essential, Not Indulgent

Oftentimes when people think of taking care of themselves, they immediately reflect on their diet and physical health. Even though those are a big part of taking care of yourself, you also have to consider your mental and emotional well-being. A bit of pampering may be exactly what you’re lacking. 

Pampering

Everyone has a different idea of what pampering is. Some people think that getting a haircut, having a manicure, or buying comfortable shoes is pampering. Others may argue those things are part of a normal maintenance routine. Pampering is treating yourself to something indulgent.

Responsibilities 

As time goes by, you start to learn more about what life is all about and understand the importance of responsibility. Not only do you have a responsibility to yourself, but to those who depend on you. That means doing things like making sure you take care of yourself, having a plan in place to take care of your family if you are suddenly unable, and being wise with money. 

To help plan for certain eventualities, most people opt for life insurance. It’s a good idea to look into which plan and/or coverage is best for you. There are many different options available including life insurance without a medical exam if you meet specific criteria. Keep in mind, having a life insurance policy is not a replacement for taking care of yourself. 

Self-Care

Taking care of your physical self is important. You can think of your body as a car. You don’t expect your car to perform as you need it to without staying on top of routine maintenance. Your body is the same. Taking care of your body is one of many aspects of self-care

To truly take care of yourself, you need to look after your physical, emotional, social, mental, and spiritual needs. It’s also important to realize that all of the aspects of care are intertwined. If you don’t feed your body with wholesome, healthy foods, hitting the gym once a week won’t be nearly as beneficial as it could be. 

Don’t overlook the need to have a good night’s sleep, every night. When you sleep, your body works hard to rejuvenate itself and complete essential processes that can only be done when you’re asleep. Skimping on sleep has several negative effects on both your mind and body. It’s harder to think clearly, stay focused and your patience will run thin without proper rest. 

Contrary to popular belief, self-care isn’t a luxury. It helps you to keep stressors in check and prevent burnout, especially with work. Having a healthy social life also helps to keep stress manageable. It’s important and healthy to have friends or family you can talk to about things you’re dealing with. Sometimes you just need to get things off your chest, other times having a different perspective can help you to deal with an issue that may otherwise be overwhelming. 

Indulgences 

It’s evident how important it is to practice self-care. It’s also imperative to understand that taking care of yourself isn’t indulgent. If both of those are accurate, you may be wondering where pampering comes into play. It’s pretty straightforward; sometimes you need and can benefit from treating yourself to a bit of pampering. 

Taking the time to book a massage or an afternoon at the spa can also prove helpful. Sometimes you need a pick-me-up when you’re feeling a bit down. It will help to boost your self-esteem and make you feel better about yourself. Just because pampering yourself is being indulgent, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it from time to time.

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