The Importance of Self-Care

Self-care is incredibly important in taking care of ourselves in a healthy way and making sure we're not burnt out or over worked. ...

The Importance of Self-Care

Self-care is incredibly important in taking care of ourselves in a healthy way and making sure we're not burnt out or over worked. Self-care is as much about staying active as it is about relaxing. A well cared for body and mind is productive and happy.

I typically enjoy taking a break from work by getting out in the open and exploring museums or the city. But that can be pretty tiring in itself especially if I've had a long week in the studio, sometimes I just want to chill out indoors doing nothing.

A good book, hot bath surrounded by candles, and beauty treatments is a luxury I don't indulge in often yet it never fails to restore the work/life balance. For me it's like hitting a reset button, I get the chance to unwind and let my mind wander for a bit while investing time in caring for my body.

Procrastination is helpful for creative thinking, so taking time out for a little self-care doesn't have to be so guilt-inducing. Procrastination provides a little distance between you and a problem, allowing you to approach an idea or task with a fresh approach and renewed enthusiasm.


The Importance of Self-Care
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  1. I sometimes neglect my self care but it truly is important - candles, an intense music session and even a facial massage with some oil is lovely

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

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  2. You are right, taking breaks are so important. When I feel uninspired or run down, I will just go out to the shops/ parks or go downstairs doing something entirely different for a day and then in the next day I always feel so much better! I read a really good article somewhere (forgot to bookmark it sadly!) that a business owner and his team found out that they worked much more productively and faster when they only worked for 4 days per week and decided to stick with it!

    Katrina Sophia

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  3. I am a big procrastinator, but maybe I'm not doing it in a self care way, more an anxiety ridden way. Food for thought here Sophie - and thank you for that :)

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  4. I agree, self care is so important. I have a chronic illness so have to spend more time resting than working and it makes me feel so guilty, but I'm so much more productive when I've had enough rest so actually end up getting more things done when I work less hours! x

    Josie’s Journal

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  5. Self care is something I'm working on, since I really feel guilty for not "being productive". Somewhere along the line, I got the idea that keeping busy with productive tasks in every moment was the way to success. I actually got so burnt with my job and trying to be the perfect wife / friend / everything that I recently needed to take a few days of "do absolutely nothing" time as I was getting frequent heart palpitations! They went away as soon as I allowed myself to relax and do things I actually enjoyed with no pressure on outcomes. I don't want to let it get that bad again, so weekly self-care is now a must!


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  6. Kayshinee Rye Ramchurn5/16/2015

    You're right - self care is so important. I never thought much about this until I became afflicted with a serious illness a couple of years ago. The new perspective didn't last very long however, as I quickly got caught up in the unnecessary morass once again. Two years later, and now having with a chronic ailment, I realise how essential it is to maintain self care and to always find time to keep both the mind and body healthy.



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  7. I agree so much. Sometimes I try to help other people so much that I forget that I also need some time for myself.

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  8. Giulia5/16/2015

    We need a moment for ourselves. It's so important. Sometimes I need to stop myself, to do a thing for myself (like listen music, surfing the net without nothing special to see, reading a book) and after start again my job and focus on it


    Giulia
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  9. I so agree. Self-care is absolutely vital for true productivity, or you'll just crash and burn.

    Rachel | www.currentlyrachel.com

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  10. I completely agree, we need to take some time to really focus on ourselves, even just for a little bit, beautifully written :)

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  11. Now that I'm taking my finals, I'm just so stressed out. This post has really "encouraged" me to go and put some nail polish on :)
    Lovely post, have a good day xx

    Agnese ♡
    Agnese's Coiffeuse

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  12. Allison5/16/2015

    I totally agree - nothing is better than chilling out with a bath bomb. Even just having some candles lit in the background while working feels like a small luxury. It's so important to treat yourself!

    Allison
    www.headelsewhere.com

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  13. I totally agree except for exam time. Indeed I think one should give everything one has and take care of oneself after all the craziness is over

    Xoxo

    http://fashionbackyard.blogspot.fr

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  14. that's an interesting approach to self care! for me, if there's no gas in the car it won't go. with that being said, if i'm stressed and feeling sleep deprived while studying for an exam, nothing "studied" would be retained. there's nothing wrong with taking even 30 minutes to recharge yourself even with tight deadlines!! my mental health comes absolutely FIRST for me, no exceptions.

    xoxoxo, Naomi | http://bunnyandfawn.blogspot.com

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  15. Sarah Campbell5/16/2015

    I love hitting the rest button, it's like taking a big ol' weight off your shoulders, setting it down for a while and finding yourself again. I love a little home-spa treatment just locking myself away in the bathroom with music, tea, bubbles, lotions and potions and just disappearing for a while, the weight of the world can wait until my tub has drained thats for sure!

    I've also found going the gym to actually be a great way to literally kick whatever is bothering me out of my system and I've found it really clears up my head for some creative thinking - though getting brilliant ideas in the middle of an intense weights class isn't exactly convenient!

    Sarah :)

    Saloca in Wonderland

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  16. I find it so difficult to balance between relaxation/self care and productive work. Usually I will just dive in head-first and work until I am burnt out, and then I need crazy long relaxation to recover and don't even want to think about physical activity! This is an excellent reminder that we need a good balance of all measures. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. I try to balance things as much as possible. I'm really passionate about my job so I tend to really go for it when it comes to work.. but I've realised it leaves me feeling worn out and unproductive, so I try to take a bit of time off regularly to rejuvenate.

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  18. I really should do more exercise.. but I'm pretty lazy! I think yoga would make me feel a whole heap better but I tend to grab a book and chill out instead..

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  19. I see your point.. but "slow and steady wins the race" eh? No point going all out and then.. come the exam.. being too worn out to perform properly.

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  20. I totally agree with this. I think you HAVE to make time for relaxing, it makes us more productive. I'm really against this idea of always being busy and being proud of that. It's stupid, really - nobody wins any awards for working themselves into burnout.

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  21. I don't usually use bath bombs but this one by LUSH was INTENSE. The bath water was AMAZING!

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  22. You need to chill out! It's all part of the process and makes us more productive in the long run :))

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  23. Absolutely - I'm glad you agree :))

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  24. Definitely. I have to take time out to do something fun otherwise I just work and work and work and feel burnt out.

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  25. I find, if I don't take a bit of time out every couple of hours, I can't concentrate and I try to focus but I don't produce the best work I can. A bit of self-care goes a long way.

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  26. It's really easy to get caught up in the moment and forget how important self-care is. It's time we all started scheduling in a bit more time for ourselves.

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  27. I feel you, completely. Being "busy" all the time isn't the same as "working hard."

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  28. Guilt is a huge issue that comes up whenever we talk about work and self-care. I feel it too but we've got to remember, self-care is JUST as important as working and "being busy" isn't the same as "working hard."

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  29. There is definitely a difference between procrastinating, wasting time, and self-care ;))

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  30. Getting outside, reading a book, visiting a museum - it all helps. Lately I have been working on little creative projects, which help my work but in a more fun, less stressful way.

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  31. Even just five minutes can really help us be more productive throughout the day.

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