WHY PRIORITIZE SELF-CARE?

A juxtaposition of a black man grooming his beards on one side and a black woman combing her hair on the other side showing self-care

In a world where everyone is trying to fit in, be seen, and heard, it becomes important to put your best foot forward at every given time and space. It starts from taking care of yourself, prioritizing your basic needs and outlook, to representing what you stand for at every level. That is why it is of utmost importance if we intend to achieve the above assertion. You have to cultivate various self-care skills in order to look presentable and be addressed accordingly.

It means taking absolute control of your outlook. In other words, an act of taking care or paying attention to yourself. From what you eat, to dressing and grooming, and personal hygiene. While self-care skills refer to the daily activities required to live independently; they are also known as Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).

It will surprise you to know that majority of individuals often overlook these basic needs. They are often unaware of the benefits of self-care not only to themselves but also to those around them.

A juxtaposition of a black man wearing a suit carrying a briefcase posing infront of an office building and a black woman wearing a suit with hands on her hips infront of an office building on the other side

When we talk about self-care, we are often quick to relegate the idea to purchasing expensive clothes and jewelries, splashing wads of cash on expensive accessories. Nothing is wrong with such ideology, if you can afford luxury, however, that isn’t all there is to it. On the contrary, that’s quite far from what it is all about. You don’t have to look expensive to look and smell good. It starts from having good personal hygiene, from bathing properly to regular handwashing to brushing your teeth twice daily. In addition, you get to wear clean clothes, knowing that dirty clothes contain gems, increase the risk for skin infections and offensive odor. Moreover, good personal hygiene often boosts self-confidence, self-esteem, and protects you from communicable diseases. These are some of the benefits of self-care.

So, when next you plan to leave the house, make sure you paid attention to your care needs, and not just how you plan to steal the show with your choice of clothing. Remember, your outlook is part of your résumé!

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