Why Self-Care Matters

self-care blog

Self-care… is it not just an excuse for self-indulgence?  Well, it is not: the World Health Organization defines self-care as: “the ability of individuals, families, and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a health worker.”

So, this is about taking care of ourselves, in the most fundamental way.  This is not new… so why are we hearing so much about it lately? The pace of life, driven by technology, the pressures of work and the state of the world have made us have less time to care for our health and our state of being.

At Inner Space we focus on taking care of the ‘being’: recognising and re-connecting with our nature of peace and love, we are then able to create inner resilience and deal with the pressures of daily life and with the increasing complexities of work.  It is about taking care of the core, giving it time to thrive and nurturing it with daily attention.

How to do this?  Well, there are many ways – and it depends on where you are starting your journey from.  There is no one-size-fits-all.  I find mornings to be a great springboard for my state of mind for the day – but if you have extra busy mornings you may try to carve out time at another point in the day.  A few easy suggestions:

  • Deep breathing, stretching, walking in nature (even your local park or green space), carving out time for quiet reflection, meditation or simply sitting in silence or with soothing and relaxing music could put you in the right frame of mind for the day.
  • Having a positive intention for the day, using it as meditation and as an anchor for the day is also helpful. For example, you can meditate on peace and really experience being peaceful – then extend that intention to your practical day: to every conversation you have, to every interaction, to how you walk to work, to how you hold your cup of coffee.
  • The quality of our thoughts has a huge impact on our well-being. Set a reminder for 30 seconds each hour to pay attention to (a) your breathing and to take a few deep breaths and (b) your thoughts, are they hindering or helpful? Ask yourself what would be helpful – change your thoughts and feelings to that which support you.
  • Learn Raj Yoga, a meditation to understand and nurture the soul. Inner Space offers free courses every month.  This understanding and awareness helped me to put things in perspective, de-stress, and not only to create resilience but also to positively embrace what life throws at me.

Our lives are too precious – to be present and available to others, I need to be healthy in body, mind and spirit.  Self-care is a reminder of that!

Posted in
Scroll to Top