Revive Your Self Care
There’s a lot of talk about self-care these days, but what is it really?
Self-care may be defined by the term itself – caring for yourself. It includes anything you do to keep yourself healthy – physically, mentally and spiritually. Although prioritizing self-care may sound like common sense, especially if you’re considering longevity, it’s often the first thing to go when we find ourselves in challenging situations, whether because of bad health, a financial crisis, job loss, divorce or, in our current situation, the pandemic. This is why it is important to keep it top of mind and not an after-thought, especially when we find ourselves in challenging times.
That’s why now is the time to take a step back and refocus on your goals.
You can’t be your best for others and strive to make the changes you want to see in the world if you aren’t taking care of yourself. Effective self-care is important to reduce stress at work and at home, reconnect with yourself to strengthen your true nature and set a good example for your kids or others who look up to you.
The first step is wanting to see a change in your day-to-day life.
Self-care is in no way selfish.
It is an absolute necessity for all living beings. We deserve to feel well, nourished, secure, and forgiven. And, meeting our needs helps more than just us. Our loved ones want to see us fulfilled, and they enjoy seeing when we carry ourselves with lightness.
With self-care tips, you improve both your physical and emotional health, you’re able to view problems as opportunities rather than obstacles and are better positioned to create breakthroughs in all areas of your life.
Tips to help revive your self-care routine:
EAT WELL: Your diet is a major part of self-care, and it's an aspect you should be wary about. When you ask people about foods that make them feel good, you get answers like a juicy steak, lasagna, or delicious cookies. However, consistently indulging in these delicacies is NOT self-care. Healthy, nutritious foods are one of nature's best gifts to us. Make a habit out of consuming good foods that build your body.
BE MINDFUL: Focusing on the present — without judging how we feel and what we think — can be both a liberating and healthy practice. This is known as mindfulness, and it has become an ever-more-mainstream practice in psychological therapy. Studies show that getting in tune with ourselves through mindfulness improves well-being and brings down stress. Mindfulness also helps us see ourselves in a truer light. It may also help you to keep your mind from wandering.
SLEEP WELL: Too many people are sleep deprived, and it takes a toll on our physical and mental health. We seem to have taken the maxim ‘hard work pays' too seriously. We now spend so much time working and very little time sleeping. Sleep scientists recommend that adults need at least 6-8 hours of sleep every night. Your body needs time to rest and renew. Daytime naps are also excellent for refreshing our body and improving concentration levels.
MOVE YOUR BODY: Physical health is a core part of self-care. The body and the mind have a unique connection, and it's difficult to be in high spirits when you are not feeling good about your body. Research has shown that regular exercise increases the level of serotonin in our body significantly improving mood and energy. When exercising for self-care, you should choose an activity you love. It could be a regular run, brisk walking, swimming, dancing or just about any other thing that makes you feel alive. You derive extra fulfillment from doing what you love, and it is the love that encourages persistence even when it seems you do not have time for it.
SAYING NO: Knowing when to say “no” is one of the self-care tips that people have the most trouble with. Between work and your personal life, it feels like you’re always saying “yes” when people ask you for something. It can be rewarding to have a full calendar, but it’s also important to know when to say “no.” If you’re feeling run down or spread thin, grant yourself the ultimate luxury: downtime. By taking the necessary time needed to recharge, you’ll bolster your energy and be able to return to your regular schedule with increased energy and gusto. Carefully choose when you say “yes” and make sure you are only agreeing to activities or requests that align with your values or bring you happiness. When following your passion is one of your self-care activities, you seamlessly create a business and life you love.
Self-care may be defined by the term itself – caring for yourself. It includes anything you do to keep yourself healthy – physically, mentally and spiritually.
Maybe we can’t do all these things every day. But if we make self-care a goal, and try to address all of these factors regularly, then we will feel and function better.
The better we feel and function, the more we can do for the people and things we care about. And that is a win-win.
Life is hard. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it.
The first step is wanting to see a change in your day-to-day life. If something’s not right, fix it. The most important part of all this is being kind to yourself. Don’t punish yourself for forgetting to go on a run or being too busy to sit down with a book. It’s more important that these changes are sustainable and nourishing, rather than a chore and a drag. So, if you go for a day of self-indulgence, don’t beat yourself up. Just try and do more to really care for yourself the next day.