“There are days I drop words of comfort on myself like falling leaves and remember that it is enough to be taken care of by myself.”
– Brian Andreas
We lead hectic lives. We’re always busy working, doing household chores or managing relationships. But, finding time to step out and take care of yourself is very important, every now and then, to minimise burnouts, exhaustion, avoid mental fogs and be fully present.
So, what does taking care of self means?
Self-care could be those activities that we ought to do on a daily basis in order to take care of our physical, emotional and mental health. It’s not a selfish thing to do either. Although it might look like a simple concept to look at in theory more often, it is simply overlooked due to the constant challenges that life keeps throwing at us. A good self-care not just helps in improving our moods and reducing anxiety and stress; it is also a key to develop and maintain a cordial relationship with oneself and others.
In a few words, self-care is the key to living a balanced life.
Although self-care means different to different people, there can be a basic checklist that can be followed by all of us:
Maintenance of our physical health
Maintaining healthy sleep hygiene routines, following a skincare routine, taking time out to exercise daily, if not, going for brisk walking for at least 20 minutes a day, balanced and nutritious diet could be some of the key activities that can be included in our daily routine in order to be taking care of ourselves.
Taking care of your health
Alongside, having a hold onto our physical health, it is important to prioritise regular physical and mental health check-ups to ensure a good balance. Why wait for a medical, health or psychological emergency to occur to visit a professional in the first place?
Getting more organised
Decluttering is a skill that takes time to develop; throwing things that no more in use or no more has memories attached to it helps us to bring our lives back in shape. Alongside, being organised not just means cleaning up the spaces but also taking time to schedule our routine in check- maintaining to-do lists, using planners and calendars to avoid any professional or personal mistakes.
Being mindful about our surroundings, being fully aware of the present moment- awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and the surrounding environment helps us to stay calm, relaxed and manage stress in a much better manner. Also, practising yoga and relaxation exercises, such as deep breathing exercises daily could always have impacts in ways one can never imagine.
Although we can’t meet our friends or family in person, that doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on socialising. Take some time out to call or video call your loved ones. If you talk to them on a regular basis you’ll find yourself fresh throughout the week.
Disconnecting from social media
As much as social media plays such a pivotal role in our personal and sometimes, professional life, sometimes, taking a break and disconnecting from social media is an absolute necessity in our daily lives.
Leisurely activities could mean developing a hobby, reading a book, listening to music or any activities that you really enjoy doing on a regular basis.
Self-care does take time to develop but the effects have shown improvements in mood disorders and in handling stressful situations. Start your journey towards self-care today. For any add-on advice or guidance on how to develop and be consistent with your habits, consult a mental health professional. Download the MFine app and consult the best therapists near you.