Self care in recent years has become a well known term that we use in everyday life. From beauty experts to teachers, footballers and mothers all talking about the importance of ‘self care’. It is much more than its original political meaning, the word ‘self care’ is now said to be an industry worth £11 billion with over 66 million hashtags on Instagram.
Today we discuss why saying the simple word ‘no’ can be one of the biggest forms of self care. We also joined the MyBag team to ask what their self care routines are?
Self care has been clinically proven to reduce anxiety, depression, and stress, improve concentration, minimise frustration and increase happiness. Self care is about setting boundaries and taking that much needed ‘me time’. That means learning to say the word ‘no’. However easy that might sound, saying the word ‘no’ can harder than you think. Whether it is to your colleagues or your friends learning to say ‘no’ is one of the biggest milestones. You have to do it to get through life, so if you haven’t already it’s time to rip off the plaster.
Initially saying no can come with the sense of guilt, that you have a responsibility to others, that you want to do as much as possible, you don’t want to let anyone down or get the dreaded FOMO. But we can say for sure that you will feel worse if you have stretched yourself to thinly, taken too much on or like many, overspent this month. Your friends, family and colleagues will be fine without you, they will not combust if you don’t go to an event or help them with a project. It is a case of having respect for your well-being and they will ultimately respect you for that.
We are not talking about saying ‘no’ to paying your parking bill or ‘no’ to your boss’s report request. Just that you should manage the pressures in life so that they don’t have a negative effect on your well being. Saying no to someone else means saying yes to yourself. If you have said no to bottomless brunch this weekend you have in fact said yes to yourself. Yes to your beauty pamper routine, yes to your date with Liam off 90210 as you watch the whole series again. Yes to getting your less glamorous jobs done, which in fact will let you reset and take on the week.