Self-care is a subjective topic. Self-care looks a little different for everyone. The main goal of self-care is to make you feel good, feel happy, feel confident and we all deserve it.
Big changes don’t usually happen overnight. It takes practice, patience and consistency. Making too many changes at a time can be overwhelming and then we tend to procrastinate the new habits, new changes.
A good way to start your self-care journey is to choose just a few new changes that will make you feel good & confident. It should be a slow and steady process so that you get the time to adjust to the change and make it a habit.
Self-care often helps us to be at our best at home, at work, or in general when we are surrounded by family and friends.
Life gets much easier when we care for ourselves physically, psychologically and mentally.
Self-care helps in stress reduction, keeps one happy, healthy and resilient.
In this time of the pandemic, it’s so important to make sure that we take good care of ourselves. Our mind, body and soul.
Let’s see how to include these 5 self-care habits for this new year and make life more intentional.
Be Physically Active
This is the first step in your self-care journey.
You need to take care of your body to run it efficiently. This is such a simple yet so effective part when it comes to improving your wellbeing.
Go for a run, go for a jog or just go for a walk. It doesn’t have to be complicated. This is how you start, taking care of your body each and every day. No matter how little time you do these activities, you will always end up feeling good!
Walking for just 20 minutes into nature will instantly boost your mood, give you a sense of happiness. You will feel so good afterward just reminding that you did something for yourself, for your body by taking care of it.
Fuel Your Body
They say ” Eat your food as medicine, Otherwise, you’ll have to eat medicines as your food“. Our generation has been blessed with an abundance of food and that too with all the healthy natural stuff.
Food is supposed to make our body function properly, nourish, to help us keep active. Binging on junk food every other day is not only harmful but also makes one feel tired, moody and makes your body go through intense stress to process all those fancy ingredients.
Nothing is wrong when you indulge in pizza, dessert, or a big mac burger. But keep it occasionally and control the portions.
Start eating whole food instead of processed ones. When eating, keep your phone away and turn off your television. Be present and mindful of what you are putting in your body. Be thankful that you can make this change and nourish your body. Chew more and eat slowly that will help in digestion and when your gut health is up to mark you know you are going to have a good day ahead!
Life’s responsibilities and ongoing stress often affect the quality of our lifestyle. This is when the importance of Rest comes into play.
Rest is essential for each and every living being. When you rest, do not think of it as a waste of time. If you continue to get more and more exhausted, your productivity will suffer making you more anxious and irritated.
When you give yourself time to rest it reduces your stress & anxiety. It helps in improving your mood, decreases blood pressure, helps you get more focused.
Rest looks different to each and every individual. It’s hard to define Rest. The main aim of taking rest is to increase our physical and mental well-being. Taking a quick 10 minutes nap, going for a walk, a brief meditation, sitting quietly without any distractions are some forms of taking rest. It depends on how it affects oneself.
Listen to your body, see what makes you feel relaxed and rested and start taking Rest.
Slow Down- Take Time For Yourself
Take time out just for yourself! You need to have your “ME” time every single day.
Running into hectic life every day takes a toll consciously or subconsciously on our physical and mental health. Squeeze in some time just for you.
Get up a little early before sunrise, sip on your favourite cup of coffee or tea, feel the senses of smell, sight, touch. Try to be in the moment.
Write a journal or morning pages, read your favourite book, take a warm bath, put on your favourite makeup, meditate, enjoy what makes you happy and joyful to get ready for the day.
Do whatever works for you to get in touch with your inner self. You deserve a quiet “ME” time every single day!
Emotions play an important part in our day-to-day life. Uncomfortable emotions like anxiety, anger, depression, sadness take a toll on our overall health.
Having a healthy coping mechanism in place is absolutely important. Know what triggers the situation and try to come up with a solution. Accept, acknowledge and express your feeling on regular basis, do not bottle them up.
Talk to your friend and family. Communicate about how you feel. Do not feel ashamed to get help if needed.
Self-care is a big part of our well-being. Taking small steps every day will surely make a positive difference in your life.
Selfcare habits will inspire you to take control of your health physically and mentally. Be patient and give your 100% and see the difference it makes in your life.
The new year is around the corner, why not start implementing some self-care habits from today itself!
So what are the self-care habits that you are practicing every day?
Do comment, I would love to hear them 🙂
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