You must be busy. You have to accomplish new goals in life. There are targets and deadlines to meet at work, family responsibilities, social activities, and many more things to do. But you know what the only simple way to be at peace with yourself is Self Care.Self-care is an activity that a person does willingly to take better care of our body, mind, and soul.
Self-care is a popular topic nowadays, you saw it mentioned in health care or self-love books, magazines, articles everywhere. But have you got a clear picture of
What Self Care actually is?
How you’re going to add Self Care to your life?
Before knowing what self-care really is, you need to know what self-care is not(yes, you read it right😅) and why it is important. People often misconstrue the concept of Self Care.
What Self Care isn’t
Self-care is not self-improvement. People take self-care as “I am gonna make myself better.” and it will never work out. It happens when you have a mindset that there is something you have to fix about your wellbeing. Like diet & weight loss, you force yourself to work harder on these things.
Also, Self Care is often mistaken as treating yourself with excess food, drinks, or surfing social media. There are people who think that Self Care is all about how they can feel good and doing these self-destructive activities instantly make them feel great.
Yeah, I can understand it is difficult to distinguish between self-care and overdo of these things, lets think of it in another way,
“It is not necessary that everything that feels good is Self Care.”
Overtreating is something when you see yourself the next day you will regret that you should not have that extra plate of food or beverage but self-care is something when you see yourself the next day, you will feel better.
Self Care isn’t selfish
Some people interpret self-care as a selfish act. But no, Self Care is not only about knowing our needs. It is about considering what are the things you need to do to take care of yourself and able to take care of others also. You won’t be able to take care of your dear ones if you don’t take care of yourself first.
To transmit good feelings to others you need to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself and self-care encourages you to do this.
What Self Care Really Means
Self Care is all about focusing on things that make you happier and healthier for a long time. It will help to live a balanced life. Before starting you have to consider these three things:
- Understanding what you need
- Find new ways to enjoy life
- Be honest with yourself
Even though self-care meanings can differ from person to person so, there’s a basic 30 days Self Care list that can be followed by everyone:
- Write down or save the good things (compliments) people say about you and read it later.
- Take a quick nap, whenever you feel exhausted.
- Reflect on previous wins and achievements
- Get fifteen minutes of sun
- Let a pet help you with your self-care. Especially spending time with dogs can help reduce feelings of anxiety and stress. Hold a pet in your arms it feels good.
- Don’t hold your emotions. Let yourself cry when you need to.
- Give yourself a massage with good fragrance essential oils.
- Watch 1 or 2 episodes of your favorite show
- Walking barefoot on the grass
- Have a little square of your favorite chocolate.
- Being involved with organizations that you really care about and want to help, can bring meaning to your life.
- If you’re doing a job that’s not meaningful to you, rethink what you wanted to do that makes you happy.
- Do something fun, you used to do in childhood
- Change the way you make decisions. Try to go with your heart if you mostly use your mind. Or if you usually decide with your heart, go with your mind.
- Practice relaxation and meditation methods, you can do it at any time of the day.
- Spend some quality time with the people you love.
- Sit somewhere green, and be still for a moment.
- Re-read your favorite book.
- Learn to say NO to people. If you’re already stressed, tensed, or overworked then saying yes to coworkers or others can lead to mental collapse, anxiety, and irritability.
- Have a warm, long shower, take a home spa, sit in your bathrobe.
- Make one small change to your diet at least for a week like drinking an additional glass of water every day, or having an extra portion of veggies during each meal.
- Every day do one thing that makes you happy
- Have a good laugh. Encourage yourself to laugh while reminiscing old memories or on funny videos.
- Have a self-date. Spend an hour alone doing something that you love (painting, gardening, play with kids, etc.)
- Dance to your favorite songs (like no one is watching)
- Cook a meal that you haven’t cooked before
- Lie down and listen to relaxing music with your eyes closed.
- Have a top-quality deep sleep, stay away from things that interfere with your high-quality sleep, like lights, screens, and drinking an excessive amount of liquid before bed.
- Add things that would be helpful in your quality sleep. Using Comfortable pillows and beddings will help in quality sleep, which enhances productivity, strengthen your heart, boost the immune system.
- Cut out the toxic people who are spreading negativity in your life
As with everything, self-care also takes practice. Apply one tip every day in your life. It is not a one-time deal, when practiced correctly Self Care has long-term benefits for the mind, body, and soul.