Self-Care Is Not One Size Fits All
When it comes to self-care, it’s easy to assume that what might work for one person will work for you as well. We like to take advice from others on what to do to improve our quality of life, though this might not be the best path. Self-care is not one size fits all.
Everyone has unique experiences in life, and we all have different problems that we want to address – and even different ways of going about solving them. While you could follow someone else’s guide and feel a lot better, that doesn’t mean this will always be the case.
For example, if you’re having issues with your job and that’s stressing you out, you might start to look at some generic solutions for your self-care. Someone might recommend working out to relieve stress, which does in fact work for some people.
It can take your mind off of things for a little while, giving you a chance to relax. However, this doesn’t mean that it’ll work for everyone. Some people might get stressed out going to the gym, feeling like there are people judging them, and others might not be financially able to afford one.
Tacle your problems
If you want to effectively tackle your problems and take care of yourself properly, you need to be able to identify the specific problems you’re facing in life that you want to get repair.
This could be finances, health, relationships, or a number of other things. Your experiences and your problems will rarely be identical to someone else, and another thing that won’t be identical is what you prefer to do in order to handle the stress that accompanies these problems.
This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try solutions that other people have. If someone has a solution, it’s worth giving it a try. Does it works for you, then that’s good, and you can continue to use it.
If it doesn’t work for you, though, you can’t get all worried and upset about not being able to find the right strategy or begin to lose hope. It just means that you need to keep looking.
In fact, you can even take other ideas of self-care and use it for inspiration for your own unique ways of taking care of yourself. If you try a method and like it, but think it could be tweaked slightly to better fit your needs, go for it. Don’t be afraid to customize your self-care plans.
Erlend Sølvberg, wellness blogger