Taking time to care for ourselves on a basic and personal level is something we often put off or dismiss as we don’t consider it a priority in our busy lives. However, self-care has physical, mental, and emotional health benefits that can have an overall positive impact on the way we live our lives. While it can be challenging to set aside time for yourself — especially if you’re used to always caring for others — you’ll soon realize that making yourself a priority is a gift of self-love that will help you live your happiest, healthiest life.
The idea of self-care is different for everyone. Some people think treating themselves to a gourmet meal feels indulgent, while others consider a long bath and meditation to be the optimal forms of pampering. In short, self-care means carving out the time you devote to yourself and the wellness practices that make you feel your best. In addition to making time for rest and relaxation, other key elements of self-care include practicing stress-reducing techniques, utilizing natural herbs and supplements where appropriate, and remembering it’s okay to say “no” when you already have a fully packed schedule. Exercise is also critical. Walking, yoga, and regular Absolute Pilates classes can all help ensure your self-care routine is well-rounded.
Prioritizing Dental Health
Taking care of yourself includes a commitment not only to behaviors like exercise but to overall healthy living, and dental health is a key aspect of physical health that can be easy to overlook. Untreated dental problems, ranging from cavities to misalignment of crooked teeth, can all lead to other physical and health problems (including headaches, jaw, neck, and shoulder pain) and even bacteria entering your bloodstream from untreated conditions. If your teeth are crooked, you’re at a disadvantage as any overlap can make it difficult to reach – and properly clean – all surfaces of each tooth. To straighten your teeth, consider utilizing a product like a dental aligner. Luckily, at-home teeth-straightening services like byte are available and offer a safe, convenient, and affordable alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment.
Creating Good Habit Routines
In order for a habit to stick, it has to be ingrained into your everyday life. Get up at the same time every day, plan your meals in advance, and eat at the same time to ensure your metabolism operates effectively. Make physical activity something you look forward to and enjoy. Whether you prefer solo pursuits or group exercise that promotes bonding and shared good feelings, getting active will get your endorphins moving and create an overall sense of well-being. In fact, according to Propel Physiotherapy, working out with others has proven health benefits. Don’t forget the importance of mental-emotional well-being. Whether you talk regularly with friends, journal, or take part in reflective meditative practices, taking time to recharge your inner self will make a noticeable impact on your sense of well-being.
Making Yourself a Priority
One of the ultimate aspects of self-care — which is often most difficult to embrace — is putting yourself first and saying “yes” to you. Maybe your “yes” involves a mini-vacation, enrolling in an exercise program, getting a makeover, or investing in a healthy new smile. Whatever your “yes” is, make it a priority and give yourself permission to enjoy yourself! Remember, when you prioritize your health and wellness, it puts you in a much better position to care for others.
Looking and feeling your best are all important components of self-care that have the potential to improve your quality of life. Don’t put off self-love as a low priority just because you feel it’s selfish to do so. To make the most out of the positive mind-body impact of pilates, book a class with Absolute Pilates today.