Pretty much everyone has a general idea every time you ask them what self-care means. I mean, it is sometimes added to some beauty and skin care product’s description. Some may say that self-care refers to how one pays attention to their self. Like how they clean their hair, take care of their body, or the way they dress up. Other people may think of it as a luxury or a form of gratification in which they take care of their body to an extravagant level. Like buying expensive care and beauty products, and doing some beauty routines that for some seems to be excessive.
For me, self-care is more on not just how you take care of yourself physically. But also disciplining one’s self and never straying away from focusing on their priorities. Self-care is sleeping early because you need to be in the office by 6 am. Studying hard instead of playing online games because the finals are coming. Not indulging to vices such as smoking because you know it’s implications to your health. And even declining on drinking alcohol in parties because you will be driving 30 miles back home later.
Self-Care Starts With Self-Discipline
All of this self-restraint for the betterment of your health will not be possible without self-discipline. It takes a strong will and self-discipline to carry out the things that will make us a much better person. Than doing something that makes us feel good now but with repercussions or no benefits later. Self-disciple is essential in maintaining self-care and also in reaching one’s goals and dreams. With self-discipline, you may avoid doing things that may become regrettable in the future, and it is much better to start right away than doing this later on.
Maintaining self-care is basically prioritizing the things that are essential for the wellness of our body and minds. Priorities like not eating too much fatty foods because it is against your fitness regimen. Not doing drugs because you know that there is nothing good about it and may get you arrested. Not indulging yourself in excessive spending because you have bills and taxes to pay, and not skipping classes because you really wanted to be a lawyer.
If you genuinely devoted to taking care of yourself and practicing discipline in all aspect of your life, you have a greater chance of reaching your desired goal. Self-care also promotes happiness and contentment to one’s self and have the confidence to do pretty much anything. With the motivation to finish the task no matter how complex it is.
Of course, you always need to think that not all things you want will eventually happen. You always need to know your limitations at some point. These bounds are the ceiling of our capabilities and capacity we choose to set. Going beyond our limits sometimes makes us feel more achieved than just stopping at a certain point due to the notion that we have already reached their limit. But sometimes, there are bad things that can happen if we do that. For example, some athletes know that playing a game past their limit will lower their body’s durability and further ability to perform efficiently. Or a diver will never go down at depths more than 40 meters because of the risk of decompression sickness.
Knowing one’s limit is essential in self-discipline and is also a vital part of self-care. Without these limitations, we may get ourselves into harm’s way and ultimately lose interest or confidence in reaching our goals.
Self-care is very important especially if you are aiming to reach a specific goal. Shoving negativity away from your life will totally enhance all aspects of it. It is also important to always set your limitations on every task to avoid overexerting yourself. Self-discipline and knowing your limitation will totally enhance your capabilities and your perception of life as a whole, both physically, emotionally, mentally and socially.