As has often been said, we all tend to be our own harshest critics and our most unforgiving judges – and if we spoke to any of our friends the way we often speak to ourselves, there would be trouble.
In life, it’s not always easy to prioritise self-care. Not only does life get in the way – with professional and personal obligations piling up – but many people feel, on some level, like its overly self-indulgent to spend a lot of time consciously working on their well-being in and of itself.
Here are a few reasons why it’s important for you to actually be proactive about taking care of yourself, whether that means booking an appointment to have dental implants put in, or just finding moments for quiet contemplation on a regular basis.
- Because if you don’t, it’s easy to get caught in negative loops and to have your sense of well-being diminish
If you fall into a bit of a funk, it may be tempting to just ignore it and carry on with business as usual in the hope that it will clear up on its own in due course. Sometimes this is a good approach, but at other times there are issues that need to be addressed and that will just build up if ignored.
You can’t always count on things just “working out” of their own accord, or else you may get caught in a negative loop where a bad incident leads to unhealthy coping mechanisms, and things just deteriorate in general.
By being mindful of what’s bothering you at any given moment, and taking steps to proactively address those things, you can help to short-circuit those negative loops before they get started.
2. Because you owe it to the people who care about you, to thrive in life
Even if you would maybe put off your own well-being or self-care if you were the only party involved, the reality is that you almost certainly have a group of people who care about you deeply, and who want to see you happy and thriving.
There’s a good argument to be made that you owe it to the people closest to you to thrive in life, to the best of your ability. When you’re happy and are tackling your issues you are not only a more positive presence for the people around you, but you set a good example for them, too.
3. Because you will be more productive, when you have all your ducks in a row
Ironically, one of the main reasons why people often put off their own self-care is because they get so wrapped up in work and the desire to be productive, that everything else gets put on the back burner.
Of course, though, it should be self-evident that if you are unwell, and aren’t taking care of yourself, your productivity will take a serious hit sooner or later.
Even just from a purely self-interested professional perspective, it’s prudent to spend time taking care of your emotional and physical well-being, so that you can “bring your A-game” to work every day.