Self-care is critical to your mental health. When we feel stressed, the body’s alarm bells known as the sympathetic nervous system go off. They send a message to the brain letting it know that you’ll need more energy to either fight or flee.
Besides moderating the stress response, self-care practices can reduce inflammation. Self-care is linked to better health, helps develop mental fitness, and makes instances of physical and mental illness easier to cope with.
Begin to look for areas where you can schedule your self-care. While scheduling rest doesn’t sound particularly relaxing, it’s one of the best ways to make sure it actually happens.