In this article, I will introduce you to what self-care is, what it isn’t and why it is important to make self-care a part of your life. I invite you to look beyond the conventional ways of describing self-care and explore more meaningful, sustainable practices. Self-care is the deliberate choice you make to maintain your own health and wellness. This includes regularly checking in with your mind and body, identifying any unmet needs and nurturing your physical, mental, emotional, relational and spiritual wellbeing on an ongoing basis.
I am going to share one of my most basic self-care checklists with you today. Something that does not require you to put aside any time to follow. Keep this checklist handy and answer five simple questions any time you feel stressed/ upset/ irritable or low on energy and motivation.
If you are a freelancer, you know it’s not all bells and roses! I am sure you are all too familiar with the challenges: the stress of finding new clients, wearing multiple hats, constant multitasking, finishing work on time, staying updated with the latest developments and keeping yourself motivated through the dry spells – you’ve probably seen it all!
All your work and responsibilities depend on you, and deprioritizing self-care impacts your physical and mental health, translating to reduced quality of work, and the possible risk of burnout. Naturally, neither of us wants to risk that! So the obvious thing to do would be to make self-care a priority. Read on to find out how!