Personal care is an important part of looking after yourself.  It serves several roles including:

- Health & Hygiene - it helps use stay physically healthy and recover from health problems quicker. 
- Self Confidence - feeling clean and well presented can help us to feel better about ourselves
- Expressing Your Personality, Likes & Interests
- Improves Personal Relationships
- A Means of Showing Yourself Love & Kindness

There's a saying that goes something like, you can't love somebody else until you love yourself.  It may sound a little cheesy but there is a lot of truth in those words.  How we feel about ourselves guides us in our relationships with others.  We are much more likely to expect to be treated well by others if we value and care for ourselves.  We are also more likely to express our dissatisfaction when someone hurts us if we have confidence in ourselves. 

When we let our personal grooming slide it can be hard to get back on track.  The effort of establishing a routine can seem daunting and overwhelming, especially if we are not feeling good about ourselves, but the effort is definitely worth the work.  Also be kind to yourself and remember taking care of yourself is a skill that takes practice and you are going to make mistakes along the way.  I will be posting much more on this over the coming months but this is just a taster.