- Self-care is important in order for us to live a healthier life
- There are 5 parts of self-care, and it’s important to know what fits what you need at the moment
- This provides a list of activities that would help jump-start your self-care practices.
Self-care has been buzzing a lot recently, and it should be for a good reason. More and more people are starting to acknowledge that everyone should keep themselves in tip-top shape in order to live their best lives. And self-care isn’t only limited to face masks and healthy food either (although that’s a part of it too!)
Like most things, self-care has facets to it: physical, social, mental, spiritual, and emotional. But it is also important to note that self-care isn’t a one-size-fits-all kind of thing. What may work for some may not work for others, so the key here is knowing what your body needs and how would you address it.
To help you jump start your self-care practices, here are a few activities to consider.
In this day and age, teenagers and adults alike hardly get enough sleep, either because of work or we can’t resist the lull of our social media feeds. But what most people fail to realize is that sleep can have a huge impact on both your emotional and physical condition. Lack of sleep does not only cause major health issues, but it also intensifies the effects of stress.
So, how do you make sleep part of your routine? You can start by establishing a nightly routine. Into skin care? Awesome, you can make it a point to do that before hitting the hay. Are you more into reading before bed? Sure, go snuggle up with a good book, but do take note to not read from a tablet or phone, because the blue light from the device would make sleeping all the more difficult.
2. Go out with your friends or family
People are inherently social creatures. And regardless if your crowd consists of only a handful of people, or a huge barkada, it’s important to surround yourself with positive people that can rejuvenate your senses and let loose.
Close connections are important to your well-being. Sometimes, work and stress keep us from our friends and family. So, the best way to detach ourselves from all the buzz of the daily grind is to take some time away from our busy schedules and spend time with the people you love.
Have you ever found yourself cleaning your workspace instead of actually finishing your job? Well, don’t police yourself for that, because that’s also part of self-care! The activity can engage your mind in a different activity, and keep your place spotless at the same time.
But don’t just limit yourself to de-cluttering your workspace. You can also de-clutter your work email, your computer files, or even your social media websites. Unfollow or unfriend some of the more toxic people that you see in your feed, and soon you’ll find a more positive experience when you browse your feeds.
4. Journal it out
It’s important to have healthy coping skills to help us navigate the emotions of everyday life. Everybody has felt anger, anxiety, and sadness, coupled with uncomfortable circumstances. And there are some times where we are not ready to share these to other people.
Well, keeping a journal helps dealing with these feelings, and thoughts. It helps you acknowledge your feelings about certain circumstances, and help you express your feelings with no judgement or inhibition. Plus, journaling can be a readily available medium of expression for you.
5. And the most important part, committing to yourself
Taking care of yourself isn’t a one-time-deal. A trip to the spa isn’t going to cut it – at least not completely. It’s an active choice and you must treat it as such. This is you, and how you take care of yourself. The last thing you want to do is to give a half-baked effort. You are important to the universe, too. And you deserve the care.