Many of us have heard how important it is to look after number one, but how many actually make ourselves a priority? There are plenty of reasons we need to take some time for ourselves each day. Now, it turns out practicing self-care could improve all your relationships. Who would have thought?
Keeping things strong
One thing many of us might not realize about ourselves is how much we rely on other people. While it’s great to have a network of people who have our backs, it’s not always best to rely on others every step of our lives. Branching out and learning how to care for ourselves can have a huge impact on every relationship, as self-care teaches us to be strong. Why? We no longer have to ask someone else to make us feel better about ourselves. Even something as simple as a short walk can be enough to boost our self-esteem.
Practicing self-care could improve your relationships in many ways as it teaches us how to improve ourselves. When we’re mentally, physically, and emotionally drained, we often have a habit of taking it out on everyone around us. This could cause us to snap at our loved ones and break down relationships. Have you heard the phrase that you can’t pour from an empty cup? That’s the case when it comes to interacting with others. You can’t build relationships if you have nothing left to give.
Get a little closer
One of the greatest ways self-care can improve our relationships is learning how to fall back in love with our bodies – and our partners. Listening to our bodies means we learn how to recognize all its wants and needs, even if it means getting a little hot under the sheets. This doesn’t always mean our bodies want to show love to someone else. Learning to pick up when your body needs something as simple as a cuddle on the couch or a nap with your partner can be enough to improve all aspects of our lives and strengthen our relationship as a result.
Teach others how to care
There are often times that it’s easier to show someone how to do something than explain it. Self-care is one of those times. Rather than tell your partner how you want them to show you affection, why not make a point of showing them how you care for yourself? It’s usually not long before those around us realize what it is that makes us happy and helps us unwind after the stress of a long day. Even something as simple as having ten minutes to write in a journal or the chance to take a bath can be great ways for partners to build healthy bonds.
There are plenty of ways we can practice self-care. The best bit? There are also plenty of reasons some of us should think about taking some time for ourselves, especially as focusing on number one could be all you need to improve all your relationships.