5 Ways to Refill Your Cup of Self-Care
The act of self care has been a rising trending topic for some time now. People are looking to practice self care now more than ever before.
But what is self care? And how does one achieve it?
In simple words, self care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. In essence, you’re unapologetically taking time out to pay attention to you.
You can’t take care of others if you can’t take care of yourself first, right?
In many studies done by health professionals, proper self care has been linked to improved mood and reduced anxiety. In addition, it helps you improve your relationship with yourself which is a key component in having a thriving and flourishing relationships with others.
But, with all this information of knowing what self care is and how beneficial it can be to our lives, how do we practice it?
Self care is a personal matter. Therefore, everyone’s approach to it will be different. The most important and consistent aspect, no matter your approach, is that you’re creating a balance between your physical, mental and emotional health.
Here are 5 ways to exercise self care and take better care of the person you see staring back at you in the mirror.
1. KNOW WHO YOU ARE
In this life, you need to know who you are and what your boundaries are. Only then can you truly begin to unlock the vault of happiness. Self care means recognizing when you are doing more than you are used to and trying to figure out what can be done to slow down. Hence, knowing your limits and not overextending yourself. Know when you need a mental or physical break from life. You don’t have to be Superman or Wonder Woman all the time.
2. HAVE A SENSE OF PERSPECTIVE
Taking care of your spiritual well-being and having a sense of perspective beyond the day-to-day of life is essential. Therefore, engage in reflective practices like meditation. Go on long walks by yourself. Do yoga. Keep a journal and reflect at the end of the day of how you’re feeling or set actionable intentions to tackle in the coming days or weeks.
3. GET SLEEP
A lot of people go off the famous quote by Warren Zevon, “I'll sleep when I'm dead.” That quote couldn’t be more detrimental to your well-being. Developing a regular sleep pattern is extremely vital to taking care of your physical self. Making a serious effort in developing a sleep pattern, as well as knowing how to rest your body and mind, are essential.
3. HEALTHY DIET
It’s not the easiest thing to do especially for people who are extremely busy and always on the go, but aim for a healthy diet. Self care means making sure that you're well fed and providing your body with the necessary nutrients it needs to have the energy you need to function. Planning ahead and meal prepping can help tremendously to make sure you have adequate nutritional foods throughout your day.
Meal prepping not your thing? Making smarter choices while eating out and being mindful of how you feel after binge eating all the fried things 3 days in a row can help make some shifts easier.
4. ALLOW YOURSELF TO FEEL
Allowing yourself to safely experience your full range of emotions aids your emotional health. As well as not being afraid to express how you feel and why you feel it. Develop friendships and relationships that are supportive and don’t hinder you but instead encourage you to express yourself.
Find a way to decompress throughout your day, not just when you leave work. Find new ways to rest your mind during and after your work day. Whether that’s reading a book, listening to some music, or having a bubble bath with a glass of wine. Figure out what best works for you. Integrate mini breaks throughout the day to help refresh your mind and body. After all, the brain needs pauses too.
Ladies and gentlemen, take time to love and appreciate that there's only one you.