Self-care means giving the world the best of you instead of what is left of you.
First of all, Self-Care is not about being selfish. I strongly believe that you have the power of creating your own happiness. In short, it is doing more of what you love to do, pampering and reconnecting with yourself. Self-care is about identifying areas of your life that require attention and refueling your soul. Sparing a few minutes daily on showing compassion towards oneself greatly helps to increase productivity, fight stress and re-energize the body.
Below are a few self-care exercises that you can practice to nurture your physical and mental health:
Writing in a journal is simply reflecting on your life, reviewing your life goals and writing about everything that you are grateful for. You’ll find that you have more reasons to be happy for than miserable about as you start your gratitude list. The best way to free the mind is to write your thoughts.
Get moving – Indulge in one or maybe two of your favorite physical activities daily. You absolutely don’t need to go to the gym to stay active; it could be 15 minutes yoga session or just dancing in your room. You can also monitor your steps and try to do 6,000 to 10,000 steps a day. I love ending the day with one of the yoga videos by Yoga with Adriene or Yoga TX.
Do more of what you love – make time for the activities that feed your soul and fuel your body. Reconnecting with your hobbies is a great way to practice self-care; this could be learning a new language, baking, writing a blog or anything that helps increase your happiness level.
De-clutter – Something I absolutely enjoy doing is de-cluttering and reorganizing my room. This helps to keep the mind busy and it also provides satisfaction of seeing your house clean and tidy. Letting go of things that don’t serve you anymore helps to clear space in your house as well as de-clutter the mind.
Treat yourself with your favorite food (food makes me happy the happiest person).
Take a nap. We set alarms, wake up early for work and assignments keep us awake till late. Depriving your body of the amount of sleep it needs gradually worsen the health and slow your body healing and recovery time. Getting enough sleep will leave you more energized and you’ll be better able to embrace the day and get on with your tasks.
Read and document yourself. If two years ago, I wouldn’t have stumbled on the book ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda, I wouldn’t be the person that I am today or perceive life as a fun journey. Reading some self-development books can do wonders on your mental health.
Spend a day at a Spa – Get a massage or facial or both. A more affordable option would be pampering yourself at home with some DIY masks while listening to your favorite songs and podcasts.
Do something for someone else. Once you feel your energy level has been restored and you are at peace and in love with yourself, pass on the love to other. Doing little things for your loved ones or even for a stranger can help you feel better. An example would be preparing a meal for your family.
Additionally take regular breaks from social media. I think I can now count the number of months that I’m actually active on Facebook. For quite some years now, I’ve developed the habit of turning off my Facebook whenever I feel the need to focus on myself and grow. I’ve noticed that taking social media breaks have greatly helped me stay productive and use my time wisely. An alternative would be using screen time on your phone to block social media after you’ve met your daily allocated time.
Start now! You deserve to be happy.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post.