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Self-care is important to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself as it produces positive feelings and boosts your confidence and self-esteem. Also, self-care is necessary to remind yourself and others that you and your needs are important too.

When you’re good to yourself, you might think you’re being selfish. In truth, self-care gives you the resources you need to be compassionate to others as well. Giving compassion is a bit like filling a bucket; you can’t fill someone else’s if you don’t have enough of your own!

Practicing self-care not only allows you to help yourselves, but to help others as well. According to Living Self Care, self care tends to improve your immunity, increase positive thinking and make you less susceptible to stress, depression, anxiety and other emotional health issues. Taking time out to care for yourselves helps remind you and others that your needs are important too. Feeling well cared for leads to feelings of calm and relaxation, and conveys to others that you value yourselves which contributes to long-term feelings of wellbeing. Self care also makes you better caretakers, people who neglect their own needs and forget to nurture themselves are at danger of deeper levels of unhappiness, low self-esteem and feelings of resentment. Taking time regularly for self-care can actually make you a better caretaker for others.

We lead increasingly busy lives and it can be easy to forget to put yourself first, especially if you have multiple responsibilities and other people to care for. But looking after yourself will make you feel better, and the better you feel, the better you will be in all areas of your life, from work to relationships.

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