By Dani R. —
Tips on Self-Care
People have a lot of conception to the term “self-care”, some people think it is merely about vanity and others it is all about mental health. There is no wrong answer to what self-care means to you but if I could summarize it into a much simpler way for you to better understand whatis, self-care is essentially looking out for your well-being.
Self-care tends to improve our immunity, increases positive thinking and make us less susceptible to stress, depression, anxiety and other emotional health issues (“Living Self-Care”, n.d.). Self-care is much broader than what you actually think it is, it includes dealing with emotions, spirit, mind and body. More so, the mind-body connection needs to be strong because our thoughts, feelings, beliefs and attitudes can affect our lives.
There are many ways to practice self-care other than meditation. You can find a lot of written articles about it all over the internet but here I have listed some of the most practical self-care tips you can start doing today and use as your daily self care checklist.
Best Self-Care Tips
Here you are a detailed list of seven self-care ideas that really can help you:
1. Make time for yourself
Check in with yourself regularly. How are you feeling? Are you feeling well? Are you happy? What makes you feel good? These are just some of the many questions you could ask yourself to reflect upon your progress and your mental health.
You may take this time to light up your favorite scented candle and read a book or paint, do things that makes you feel happy and what makes you feel good inside. Having time for yourself is important because it increases your creativity, mental strength, helps you to get to know yourself better and it can increase your productivity.
Set aside a few minutes or even an hour or a day to make time for yourself so that you can be a better version of you.
2. Embrace the stillness
Sometimes you just need to relax and do nothing. Similar to taking some time off for yourself, this time you just need to sit back, relax and enjoy the stillness. This helps you unwind from a period of work and tension, it will also help you to relax your brain and it could improve your emotional being. After a while you can evaluate yourself, check in to see if there is any progress going on with your life.
3. Get enough sleep
Sleep is vital, it is essential. Sleeping is important because it is the key to having good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life and safety (“Why is sleep important”, n.d.)
Deprivation of sleep may lead you to a higher level of anxiety, depression, stress and many more. It could essentially affect your mental health and emotional well-being if you don’t monitor and get yourself enough sleep.
According to research, ideally younger adults and adults around the age of 18 to 25 years old and age 26 to 64 years old must sleep at least 7-9 hours a day; however, sleeping below or above this given time range may result into a decline in your health. So, it is important that you keep track of your sleeping habit.
4. Don’t force yourself to do anything you don’t want to do
If this is an assignment for school or something related to your work that needs to be done then you will have to find a way to make it enjoyable and make it seem less stressful to do, but if it is something you can avoid doing and something you don’t want or feel the need to do then don’t do it.
It is important that you love and are enjoying your work because essentially, it will guarantee you success. As Steve Jobs said, “the only way to do great work is to love what you do”.
5. Unplug from the digital world
Unplugging from social media can be a little difficult for some people. Constantly checking your Facebook, Messenger, Twitter and Instagram account every chance you get became a habit and it especially made an enormous impact to the new generation today. Our mobile phones are the very first thing we check early in the morning and it is not exactly the best habit we have accustomed ourselves into.
To avoid this and possibly re-habituate yourself into a better morning routine instead of checking your phone first, take a walk or do some morning jog, get your sketchbook or any paper nearby and start sketchingor just go on about your morning routine excluding the use of your mobile phone. Unplugging from social media every now and then encourages you to have a healthy mindset and a positive attitude towards life, it also helps you to become a good listener and it will help you to be more connected with yourself.
6. Make a gratitude list
Write down everything that you are thankful for. I think a lot of people neglect the fact that they are still alive and breathing, has a home and a job to help feed themselves and their family. These are things that we expect in life but sometimes we forget that some people don’t have the opportunities to live comfortably as we do. We should be thankful for the little things in life.
Making a gratitude list will help you to be a better person, to be thankful for what you have and basically be more appreciative for the things and people around you.
7. Get rid of toxic people
It can be hard because these people could be your best friend or close friend, your significant other or even a family member and a relative. These people could potentially sabotage you from self-improvement and they could greatly affect your self-esteem. Maybe because they are threatened by the idea of you coming first before them and/or they just want to feel above everyone else.
As Harbinger stated in his article, How to Cut Toxic People Out, identifying these individuals and understanding how to manage them is absolutely crucial to your well-being, success and happiness. Cutting ties with these people can help you in many ways such as having more respect for yourself, being free from an unhealthy friendship or relationship, self-improvement, etc.
It is okay to be choosy of who you want to let into your life, it is okay to only have a small number of group of friends who you can rely on to and it is absolutely okay to cut ties with those toxic people from your life. Free yourself from an unhealthy friendship or relationship.
These are just some of the many practical self-care tips that you can start doing today. Change takes time and it is okay for you to go at your own pace especially when you plan to re-habituate yourself into a different routine. Sooner or later you will get to feel the changes and progress of your self-care practice, you just have to keep on going!