Self-care is all about checking in with yourself to see what you need to maintain an optimal state of being. It’s about nurturing the opportunities to slow down, be there for yourself, and have gratitude for living the life you live.
I know it may seem like we don’t get enough self-care, and they may feel like luxuries; self-care activities might be the key to our survival, especially during stressful times.
So, what is self-care?
Self-care is a multi-dimensional way to consciously engage in activities that promote healthy functioning. It’s essentially about taking the time to take care of yourself. It’s important to be mindful of when you’re not feeling like yourself or feeling stressed so you can add an extra dose of self-care into your daily routine.
Take Care Of Yourself
Self-care involves nurturing your body, mind, and spirit add this could be individualistic and different for everyone.
Each person has their own idea of what self-self-care means to them and the activities that come along with it.
Taking care of your body means getting the right amount of sleep, being physically active and taking care of all your needs. It also means listening to the messages that your body sent you. This could be perhaps your body needs rest, or maybe you’re feeling sluggish or need to move around to get the blood flowing.
Taking care of your mind means engaging in activities to keep yourself sharp and alert. This includes activities such as reading, watching movies, or doing puzzles. Mental self-care also involves self-awareness. It’s about knowing what brings you joy. Nurturing the mind is an important step in self-compassion. This means treating yourself with kindness and excepting yourself for who you are.
Spiritual self-care is about establishing a deeper connection with your higher self. It involves engaging in activities that give you a sense of meaning and purpose.
Engaging in activities to help quiet your mind and calm yourself from within includes practises such as meditation, practising gratitude, spending time in nature etc.
Here are a handful of activities that can help get you started:
- Be in the present moment.
- Stay connected to your breath.
- Listen to your body.
- Reflect on what brings you joy.
- Go for a walk in nature.
- Stay properly hydrated.
- Spend time in the sun.
- Engage in regular exercise.
- Get 7-8 hours of sleep a night.
- Spend time with your pet.
- Play a musical instrument.
- Make daily meditation a habit.
- Journal your thoughts and spend time reading.
- Take a soothing bath.
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