Celebrating International Women's Month through SELF LOVE and SELF CARE


March is International Women's Month, and this year we are celebrating the global theme of women's empowerment through SELF LOVE and SELF CARE

 

What is SELF LOVE and why is it important?

It is unconditionally accepting yourself for who you are and putting your spiritualphysical, emotional and mental well-being first. Self-love motivates you to make healthy choices in life, and when you hold yourself in high esteem, you're more likely to make choices that nurture your well-being and serve you well. You see and believe yourself as WORTHY!


So what is SELF CARE then?
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This is actually taking the time to do the things that nurture your well-being and bring you joy and vitality. Self care doesn't only mean making time to pamper yourself now and then, it means taking care of the things that matter on a daily basis so that your spiritual, physical, emotional and mental needs are met.  It is about ACTIVELY putting yourself first and nurturing your own needs, so that you are in a stronger position to support others.  This ensures that you not only survive life's daily stresses and challenges but THRIVE!

Check out these practical ways to build your own self-care routine

Spiritual Care
Practice prayer and meditation
Practice being grateful
Do something positive for others
Be kind to others
Connect to nature and the outside environment
 
Physical Care
Eat a healthy, well balanced diet
Set body health goals with realistic timelines to achieve them. Rome wasn't built in a day!
Exercise regularly and get your body moving to improve vitality
Go for regular health checks and follow-up on any health concerns with your doctor
Take recommended medication and heath supplements regularly
 
Emotional Care
Set and keep healthy relationship boundaries
Connect regularly with loved ones
Clean out the junk - let go of negative feelings that stifle your growth like shame, guilty, jealousy, envy, and sense of gloom and failure
Consult a professional therapist to work through unresolved emotions
 
Mental Care
Practice positive self talk
Notice your thought patterns - if they are mostly negative, work towards replacing them with positive thought patterns.  
Practice positive daily affirmations like "Today is a good day", "I am blessed and well able"
If you are frequently having dark thoughts, of self-harm or think you may be depressed, contact organisations like The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) for help.
 
Women can only #BreakTheChain of gender bias, stereotypes and discrimination by first EMPOWERING and AFFIRMING themselves.  

So always remember to #LoveYourself and #TakeCare.

 

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