What Is The Importance Of Self Care


So, what is the importance of self care?

Firstly, what is self care? As it turns out, there are many different self care practices, and not all of them suit everyone

Generally self care is where you do something for you, no one else but you. Something to bring enjoyment or a brief moment of happiness into your day

This could be doing something mentally stimulating that you enjoy, like reading a book

Or this could a physical task that you either do, a place you go or a service or treatment that you have

The importance of self care is that you look after yourself

The actions you take for yourself in order to develop, protect, maintain and improve your health, wellbeing or wellness

The average person suffers 3 symptoms of neglecting self care in any fortnight cycle

With the most common being fatigue, stress and headaches. These 3 most common symptoms can be resolved through self care

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Learning what is best for you will help you enjoy your life more. Those moments when you say “no” to things that over-extend you and start making time for things that matter to you. Your whole out look on existing and creating will be much more focused, making you more productive


Looking after your wants and needs sends positive messages to your subconscious. Making time for yourself will naturally enhance how you feel about yourself.  This can go a long way toward discouraging negative self-talk and criticism


Getting to know yourself and start thinking about what you really love to do.  Understanding your mind and body better can sometimes  help you make those life changing decisions for the better of you. Sometimes, this can even spark a change the huge life events, like a new job or love interest


There is evidence that supports that the more self-care activities you partake in the better, meaning that your body goes into a restful and rejuvenating mode. This will help your immune system and can see you suffering less with colds and viruses


 You can not pour from an empty cup, you must fill your cup first. This quote describes it perfectly.  Having all those other benefits will make you a more generous person. You already have the resources to make yourself happy and now you can help others too

We all have different lives and spend our days differently

These are some benefits I feel everyone can benefit from,  these are not specific to a type of person or type of lifestyle

Let me know in the comment below, if you think there are other benefits that come from self care?


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  1. Amy simpson
    19/10/2018 / 07:42

    Thanks for the tips xx

  2. A S,Edinburgh
    19/10/2018 / 21:43

    I’m glad the concept has gained visibility in recent years. It’s so important.

  3. bev
    20/10/2018 / 08:20

    I regularly force an hour of me time. Even if it’s just watching a Ripper Street or reading a book – I swear by it.

  4. 23/10/2018 / 18:29

    I have to take a break and have some me time, in the week it will be getting off the computer and doing some yoga, at the weekends sitting down with a glass of wine and watching a good film.

  5. Chloe Taylor
    29/10/2018 / 07:39

    My self care is to make sure I nourish myself properly due to suffering with anorexia. I need to ensure I relax and deal with stress in better ways such as mindfulness.

  6. Tracy Nixon
    29/10/2018 / 07:56

    Thanks for the tips!

  7. Evette Williams
    29/10/2018 / 08:22

    If we don’t look after ourselves, who will?! Giving myself me time is very important to my wellbeing.

  8. Kim Coate
    29/10/2018 / 08:29

    My self care is to take time out to read a new book curled up in bed or sitting in the sun

  9. Dawn Samples
    29/10/2018 / 08:38

    A lot of women tend to put their needs to the bottom of the list especially when you have young children. You need to take time to care for your needs too so you are a happier person to be around x

  10. Kelly glen
    29/10/2018 / 08:56

    I regularly take time out to just have some peace and quiet, it’s important we all take some self care so everything doesn’t get to much.

  11. Elaine Savage
    29/10/2018 / 09:34

    self-care is food for the soul, don’t miss breakfast!

  12. Tanya
    29/10/2018 / 10:36

    Great tips

  13. Jo McPherson
    29/10/2018 / 10:59

    Self-care is incredibly important, I like to take some time to lie on my bed in peace and read a book – even if its only for 15 minutes it helps

  14. Kathleen marsden
    29/10/2018 / 11:03

    I always drink plenty of water to hydrate my skin and keep it healthy

  15. Daniela Marra
    29/10/2018 / 11:34

    Self care prepares you for the day ahead. It keeps me sane, motivated and confident.

  16. Helen Tovell
    29/10/2018 / 14:20

    Self care is of upmost important especially as we are often the ones who get the least time for it

  17. nicola dean
    29/10/2018 / 15:15

    Self care is so important but it is often overlooked when you have a busy life and put other family members first.

  18. Amy simpson
    29/10/2018 / 15:37

    Thanks for these great self help tips xx

  19. Aysha Begum
    29/10/2018 / 16:03

    As a first time mum, i would always feel guilty of leaving my daughter to go have some ‘me time’ but I’ve learnt that having some self care is so important it makes you less stressed and relaxed. I love going for a coffee with my friend’s or having a pamper session.

  20. Jennifer Moville
    29/10/2018 / 18:46

    Brilliant site, very helpful

  21. Julie Edwards
    29/10/2018 / 19:37

    As a lot of working mum’s I feel guilty for taking time for me. It helps me to have at least an hour doing something just for me, whether it be reading, writing, listening to music or just a mini pamper session. Taking this time for self care helps me as I feel refreshed, revitalized and look forward to quality time with my gorgeous family less stressed.

  22. Margaret Clarkson
    30/10/2018 / 05:41

    Thank you for the information, sometimes this is so hard to do, yet it is vital.

  23. Margaret GALLAGHER
    30/10/2018 / 05:46

    Excellent So important to wellbeing

  24. Amanda noble
    30/10/2018 / 07:14

    Self care to me is taking time out to promote your own physical and mental well-being.Sometimes it’s hard finding the time when you have a busy life with work and kids etc…but ultimately it is SO worth it and has such a beneficial effect on your overall quality of life x

  25. Sarah Mcvicar
    30/10/2018 / 11:44

    Thanks for the great tips! x

  26. judy kennedy
    30/10/2018 / 16:29

    I try and read a few chapters of my favourite book ad get totally distracted

  27. Jackie Howell
    30/10/2018 / 18:01

    I always have some downtime for myself whether it is to read, swim or cook I need this ‘me’ time.

  28. Arshavi shah
    30/10/2018 / 18:07

    With a busy routine and new born one forget about self care thanks.for the post and reminding me

  29. Kelly Knowles
    30/10/2018 / 18:17

    I think my secret has to be once the children go to bed, i have a hour of reading and music

  30. maddalena dalton
    30/10/2018 / 20:20

    I like to go out cycling its me time x

  31. Rebecca
    31/10/2018 / 09:20

    Interesting. Great tips x

  32. Ruth Harwood
    31/10/2018 / 10:28

    I make sure to have at least an hour a day to read, and 20 mins for my yoga as well as a ten minute break in the day to sit and blank my mind to forget all the chaos!!

  33. Chloe Davies
    31/10/2018 / 13:43

    Some great tips here – I’m definitely guilty of not making enough time to have some ‘me time’ and practice some self care x

  34. Peter Watson
    31/10/2018 / 14:49

    Self-care is part of Oram’s model of nursing

  35. Helen Arlow
    31/10/2018 / 18:35

    As I’ve got older, I’ve started to realise the importance of self care. For me, I try to have at least half an hour a day to myself. I love curling up with a good book to relax

  36. Andrea Dimmick
    31/10/2018 / 19:27

    I need self care time, exercise is one of those times where I get to feel energised again.

  37. Justine Meyer
    31/10/2018 / 20:22

    Great tips but I find it near imposible for any self care.

  38. Louise Rugeroni
    01/11/2018 / 12:09

    Thanks for the tips. I find self care so hard since having kids, it’s good to be reminded of the importance of me time.

  39. Rich Tyler
    01/11/2018 / 13:30

    You always need to make time for self-care!

  40. Sarah-Jane Carter
    01/11/2018 / 14:17

    I make sure I get enough sleep, eat good food and rest when I need too xx

  41. Ellen Stafford
    01/11/2018 / 20:28

    Great tips. I think it’s really important to get sleep. If I don’t have enough it makes me feel really awful.

  42. Rebecca Nisbet
    02/11/2018 / 22:53

    I use to be all about me time before I had my daughter, but since I have had her i literally force my other half on a night out, and when my daughter is in bed I can have me time. I am not one for being sociable all the time, I think because my job involves a lot of talking. So it is nice just to be on my own and not feel like I have to talk all the time.

  43. Helen Stratton
    03/11/2018 / 12:16

    It is very important that we take the time out to look after ourselves, but we so rarely do!

  44. Ling Yip
    03/11/2018 / 17:36

    Thanks for highlighting the importance of self care! I suffer with anxiety and mild depression so I must do more for myself to help stop me dwelling!

  45. cheryl hadfield
    03/11/2018 / 19:31

    I love walking it helps me de-stress

  46. Lynda Graham
    04/11/2018 / 09:06

    I always find that 10 -15 minutes pure “Me time” having a cuppa on a morning, enjoying that time and just thinking calmly about the day ahead any ‘to do’s,’ plans etc.- sets me up and gets my mind active and ready for action

  47. maria gill
    04/11/2018 / 09:52

    Recovering from a very serious illness, the importance of self-care is paramount to me right now! I am currently writing a list of positive things to help my physical and mental recovery!

  48. Lorna Ledger
    04/11/2018 / 10:24

    great tips, I have MS and I do a bit daily. I am glad it’s becoming more well known 🙂

  49. Jade P
    04/11/2018 / 10:49

    I’m not very good with self care..I struggle with the process of it. But I’ll be taking note of your post!

  50. Jo m welsh
    04/11/2018 / 15:32

    Some great tips I struggle with self care especially since I had the kids and tend to forget myself a bit.

  51. Carrie-Lou Talbot-Ashby
    04/11/2018 / 16:20

    I have always found self care to be very important, happy healthy Mummy = happy healthy kids! 😉 Thanks for your post! x

  52. Nikki Hayes
    04/11/2018 / 18:30

    We all need time for ourselves – I like to sit in my armchair reading a good book with a mug of hot chocolate :o)

  53. Heather Haigh
    05/11/2018 / 05:07

    All very important. I try to start each day by reflecting on what I want to do each day and ending it by reflecting on what I have been grateful for today.

  54. Lia Burns
    05/11/2018 / 11:26

    Self care is so so important for your mental health, I make sure I have an hour every night to myself once the kids are in bed to do something I love, may it be binging on Netflix or reading a book, I always feel better afterwards x

  55. Andrea Miles
    05/11/2018 / 12:13

    really interesting post

  56. Carol Thomas
    05/11/2018 / 22:33

    Once a week the face peel goes on, I do my facial exercises (found on Google for helping keep the lines away) followed by a long shower, body scrub and hair treatment on top of the usual. It’s also tweezers eyebrow night too.

    Besides that I have 4 weekly reflexology, 4 weekly full fave threading and use guided meditation morning to come round and night to settle for bed. Yes I do a lot. Having health issues makes me more keen on doing fit me

  57. sarah m
    06/11/2018 / 02:57

    Self-care is so important especially nowadays where we are constantly comparing ourselves to others x

  58. Tess D
    06/11/2018 / 09:51

    great tips x I try and take an hour of me time every day even if it’s just a long soak in the bath

  59. brenda heads
    06/11/2018 / 15:06

    I make sure I do some exercise and walking every day it enables me to get a good nights sleep.

  60. Amy Bondoc
    06/11/2018 / 19:04

    what a wonderful post, ill be sharing these tips with my teenage daughter, i think sometimes her confidence is low x

  61. Katrina Adams
    07/11/2018 / 08:09

    This was an interesting read. I have been trying not to go “off sick” from work for several months, because it has been ingrained in me that if you are well enough to work you work. For me that constituted that if I could get up, get dressed and leave the house then I was “well”. It didn’t occur to me that all the effort I had was going into those acts and I had no quality of life outside of work (or even really in work) because I wasn’t looking after myself. I have chronic illnesses so self-care is something that should be really important but I just couldn’t get my head wrapped round it. Yesterday Occupational Health told me I need to take time away from work….not as “sick” but as recuperation and rehabilitation. The concept of enjoying the time off when I am effectively off sick is completely foreign to me but it shows that even work places are seeing the importance of self-care!

  62. kris mc
    07/11/2018 / 10:57

    Interesting stuff, thanks for sharing

  63. maria
    07/11/2018 / 11:31

    I try to take some time out of my week for me meditation yoga etc I feel since I have been doing that I am less stressed and less snappy 🙂

  64. Andrea Fletcher
    08/11/2018 / 16:23

    Self care is so important even if it is only reading a book for 1/2 hour or having a bubbly bath.

  65. Natalie Bates
    09/11/2018 / 21:57

    omg this is just pefect

  66. Sheila Reeves (CakeReev)
    10/11/2018 / 08:38

    I think our bodies and brains need that time away from “stuff” sometimes I have so many things going round my head that I can’t be productive – I NEED that moment for me, just need to practice doing it!

  67. kate tibbs
    10/11/2018 / 14:09

    so important to have self care time to recharge your spirits, love a cup of tea in the bath and then to use body butter afterwards x

  68. Sarah Robinson
    10/11/2018 / 23:03

    Brilliant post… really think I need to make more time for myself! This prize would be brilliant x

  69. Vanessa EARLE
    12/11/2018 / 08:53

    My favourite self care treat is to have a massage once a week. Your article makes me feel it’s ok to have some me time!

  70. Ashleigh Allan
    12/11/2018 / 21:33

    I do a lot of walking!

  71. Sharon l Catterall
    13/11/2018 / 17:14

    self care is important your mental health,i like to listen to uplifting music and read ,it helps me to relax after a stressful day

  72. 15/11/2018 / 13:55

    A good skin care product is really hard to find. Just go to a good dermatologist clinic to help you.

  73. Iris Tilley
    18/11/2018 / 12:07

    There’s alot of good facts here take away guilt is a good start in taking action not always easy I’m such a big softy and give into others needs before my own.

  74. Daniela Marra
    18/11/2018 / 20:51

    I drink plenty of water throughout the day, I make sure I take a long soak in the bath with lovely skincare salts.

  75. 19/11/2018 / 17:12

    Yes, completely agree with this. People need to recharge and take 10 minutes out of each day for themselves. I find reflecting upon each day for 5 minutes before bed really helps me too.

  76. Jessica Leigh
    20/11/2018 / 18:40

    A couple of hours of self care a week is so imoirtant. It gives me time to relax and have some me time. I find it hard to be happy in my own company but when I’m pampering myself it gives me something to look forward to and I feel great in my skin. It also helps reduce my anxiety riddled thoughts. It’s my favourite time of the week!

  77. Sophie Edwards
    21/11/2018 / 12:38

    Love this! Thanks!

  78. Mel Turner
    22/11/2018 / 21:33

    Try to get some me time even if its just 15 minutes to sit down and do noting

  79. Susan Willshee
    23/11/2018 / 21:48

    I was diagnosed with epilepsy earlier this year and suddenly became unable to drive. So I applied for a disabled travel card and deliberately go off on bus rides on my own just so that I still have a little independence.

  80. Corinne Wright
    24/11/2018 / 09:18

    I’m not very good with the self care to be honest, with four boys and a husband my needs come way down the line. This is something I’m going to work on next year. Me Time!

  81. Anthony Harrington
    25/11/2018 / 18:44

    I go on long dog walks in the countryside, it really gives me a mood lift just being out with nature

  82. Jodie W
    26/11/2018 / 10:22

    This is something i suffer from not doing enough of since my son was born, I do try to remember and when i get some time i enjoy using some nice products to feel super clean and cared for

  83. Carolyn
    26/11/2018 / 13:50

    I enjoyed reading your article, it made me think. I do feel good when I do something nice for myself, but never really thought about it being self care before.

  84. Fiona jk42
    26/11/2018 / 21:48

    I’m pretty bad at self-care but I know it’s something I should make the effort to do.

  85. Hannah Wood
    29/11/2018 / 20:06

    Such a good post and shows how much we need to take time out for ourselves.

  86. Leila Benhamida
    01/12/2018 / 15:21

    Taking care of self is a must, taking break from daily routine I feel like I revive even if it is a trip to the hairdresser or switching off devices. I love pampering myself.

  87. Denise Helen Gordon
    02/12/2018 / 05:40

    Great article, so relevant, so true!

  88. Helen J
    02/12/2018 / 10:16

    So good to read an article that doesn’t just claim self care is about bath bombs and body lotion! It’s so true that it’s about doing something that stimulates your needs – and
    can be as practical as it is relaxing. Whilst relaxing in the bath is the perfect thing for some, it isn’t the only version of self care.

  89. Emily rixon
    03/12/2018 / 20:30

    Self care is one of the most important things in life, I try to dedicate a good amount of time to it each week

  90. 05/12/2018 / 18:46

    I drink plenty of water, have a spoonful of honey in the morning and always use a good moisturizer .

  91. 07/12/2018 / 16:35

    Great tips
    Single mum of 3 and bad SAD right now

  92. Heather Hibbert
    09/12/2018 / 23:06

    The only thing I regularly follow is plenty of water every day!

  93. Vanessa EARLE
    14/12/2018 / 08:47

    Brilliant tips, thank you.

  94. Kirsteen Mackay
    15/12/2018 / 14:43

    Sewing is one self-care treatment that I love to administer. Another is going searching for shells and pretty stones on the beach.

  95. Jane sanderson
    15/12/2018 / 19:35

    Great tips, I need to practice what I preach

  96. Arabella Bazley
    17/12/2018 / 23:57

    I normally use the time when I am doing my make up or nails to really make an effort to pamper myself and give myself some silence in the day when I can be with my own thoughts instead of those forced upon me by others.

  97. Elisha Cook
    20/12/2018 / 14:14

    I have just been diagnosed with fibromyalgia so self care is so important to me at the moment to rest and heal my body. 🙂

  98. Naomi Williams
    21/12/2018 / 08:43

    I so agree with this it is definitley a case of look good feel good, I always take an hour a week to have some me time and also doing something that makes you feel good too.

  99. T. Brailey
    22/12/2018 / 06:28

    For my self care I take time for me. I have a large family and it is easy to get swallowed up in the day to day running of everyone else’s priorities. I learnt very early on that to be able to do this I had to also make sure I was ok. This may be swimming, long bath, shopping on my own etc. Makes the world of difference just to disengage for a short while and recharge.

  100. Jane L
    22/12/2018 / 10:46

    I occasionally have a day off and send my son to nursery so I can have some alone time for self care. I felt guilty about it to begin with but he doesn’t know any different if I don’t tell him as he would be at nursery anyway. I’ve come to realize that I just need tondo this every now and again. It gives me time to think without being interrupted and to just be ME.

  101. Lynn Neal
    22/12/2018 / 11:49

    Some great ideas here to put into my routine, I find I need to pay more attention to this with each year that passes!

  102. Clare DAvies
    23/12/2018 / 16:03

    some fab tips there! I am a student nurse with a family to manage too so sometimes leave myself until last so a bit of self care is vital i think! mine usually involves a candle lit bubble bath, facemask, painting my nails, eyebrows and self tan! makes me feel more like me then!
    if im not on placement ill paint my nails too but thats a rare treat!! haha xxx

  103. Faye Reed
    23/12/2018 / 20:52

    Good advice, I think it’s important to look after yourself.

  104. AnnaSSS
    23/12/2018 / 20:59

    Self care is time just for myself. Thank you for some good tips .Merry Christmas.x

  105. Jessica Barber
    23/12/2018 / 22:26

    Self-care is SO important – if you don’t look after yourself, who will? My favourite self-care is meditation and yoga or painting my nails. Love it!

  106. Kate Davies
    24/12/2018 / 22:20

    I self care with a good skin care routine at bedtime then settle down with a good book for some me time.

  107. Su Brett
    25/12/2018 / 03:02

    Really interesting article, I try to take time out for lunch and sit and watch the birds on the feeder in the garden – I find that relaxes me

  108. A S,Edinburgh
    25/12/2018 / 09:35

    Great article; I agree with how different self care can look depending on the person. It’s well worth taking some time to explore what your own needs are.

  109. Ruth Wollerton
    25/12/2018 / 10:17

    I love the tips, I think it’s so important to look after yourself. I love running and reading.

  110. Charlotte Cauldwell
    25/12/2018 / 10:31

    Get plenty of sleep

  111. Rachael Sexey
    25/12/2018 / 10:42

    Thank you so much for all the excellent tips. Merry Christmas 🎅

  112. Theresa THomas
    25/12/2018 / 11:15

    Thanks for the great ideas

  113. Carla Carthy
    25/12/2018 / 11:41

    Okay so 6 months ago i went on a pain management course and they said about making time for yourself and one of the things they teach is guided mediation i never thought i would ever say this but it’s amazing its really helped me 🙂

    25/12/2018 / 14:16

    Some lovely tips , I’ll definitely be trying some of these as I suffer with depression which really puts self care out of my mind

  115. Irene Murdoch
    25/12/2018 / 14:28

    Great tips and it is important to look after yourself

  116. Freebiegirl
    25/12/2018 / 14:31

    Fab tips for looking after yourself

  117. Diane Wood
    25/12/2018 / 15:30

    For me, it all starts with a good night’s sleep. Then eating healthily. Most things are easier once you have these down.

  118. Hazel Rea
    25/12/2018 / 15:59

    I try to go for a walk in the park every day. Being in nature is very therapeutic and relaxing and I find it helps me relax.

  119. A.E. ADKINS
    25/12/2018 / 21:05

    Keep up the fluids to hydrate the skin and no soap on washing your face

  120. Georgie Wright
    25/12/2018 / 21:37

    Walking my dog helps me.

  121. ellie spider
    25/12/2018 / 23:01

    great tips and i agree self care is super important 🙂

  122. Michelle Blane
    25/12/2018 / 23:25

    Thank you for your wonderful tips and sdvice.

  123. Heli L
    25/12/2018 / 23:45

    Every tip above is important but I think also letting go of any guilt is important. Whether it’s the guilt of taking time to look after yourself or taking time to look after your health/ wealth/ mental well-being: it all matters as you are important. (Even if it’s easier said than done..)

  124. Priscilla Stubbs
    28/12/2018 / 18:27

    Self care is so important not least because it gives you confidence. We should never feel guilty about having me time and taking pleasure in something that is just for us.

  125. 09/06/2020 / 09:07

    Give self-pep talks. Affirm in a mirror that you’re good enough. Recite your positive qualities. Support YOU as you do others. When nervous, repeat, “You can do it” until you calm down.

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