Are You Practicing All Types Of Self-Care? Time To Focus On SELF
What are the first few things that come to your mind when you hear the word SELF-CARE?
Booking an appointment at the salon or getting up from the bed and brushing your teeth?
Well, both of them are acts of self-care; they just fall under different types of self-care. Yes, there are different types of self-care, each its own purpose and ways to attain it. Of course, we might be working on some physical self-care activities but then focusing on the emotional and other types of self-care.
In fact, research supports that people who practice self-care have better overall well-being over those who neglect it. Interestingly, to attain life balance all the five major self-care areas should be taken into consideration and nurtured. So, take out your notepad, grab a pen, and start making a list!
Time to explore these different types of self-care and ways to
1. Physical Self-Care
These activities will help in improving the well-being of your physical health.
Take Bubble Bath
Taking a bath, in general, is a basic yet important physical self-care that we practice each day of our lives. To make it even better you can escalate your normal bath time to bubble bath and even add wellness boosting bath products to it.
What we eat has a big impact on how you feel and how you spend your entire day. So, eating healthy is important to practice self-care. Along with what we eat our eating habits would also be healthy as they promote well-being.
Get “ME” Time
If you have been planning to take that “ME” time out from your busy schedule don’t give it another thought. There are various little ways in which you can practice the “me” time ritual in your life.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleeping is our body’s natural way to shut down and restart its entire system such that we feel rejuvenated and energized. Having a good sleep (both quantity and quality-wise) is important for you to practice physical self-care.
2. Emotional Self-Care
These are the activities that will help you connect, process, and reflect on your emotions.
Use Positive Affirmations
Positive affirmations definitely are a great way to tell yourself that you matter, you are loved, and no matter what wrong is happening around you there is a light at the end of the tunnel. You can create your positive affirmations or make use of the ones available in our pool. Just repeat them when you feel low.
Draw or Paint
Art is therapy! When you draw or paint you express your feelings and emotions on a piece of paper indirectly. Along with this, indulging in artistic activities also helps in calming ourselves. You can either start your own art from scratch or just get adult coloring books and use them.
Don’t let those temporary overwhelming feelings do any bad to you. Tell yourself that you are ENOUGH and you are valued. Practicing self-love is an important part of emotional self-care. You can watch our full video on self-love here.
Don’t run away or hide your emotions under the carpet. Unfelt and undealt emotions do more harm than good. So, whatever emotion it is, identify it and feel it deep down to the core. Don’t let judgments or guilt come in the way. Go with the flow. If at any point discomfort swipes in just “inhale and exhale.”
3. Mental Self-Care
These are the activities that stimulate our intellect and mind.
Relax in the Sun
Sunlight has a light to offer! From Vitamin D to popping happy hormones in our body getting soaked into sunlight is always a great self-care practice for you to try.
Read A Self-Help Book
Are you looking for some answers? Or is your brain stuck at one place and you are trying to get out of that space? Well, give your brain the right direction and get your dose of motivation by reading a self-help book. Reading in itself is a great mental self-care activity. But, to amp it up a bit, self-help books are a great choice.
Journaling is a way to pen down your emotions, thoughts, and feelings onto paper. Sometimes these feelings and thoughts are known to us while other times they just come pouring out from our subconscious mind. Journaling has an overall positive impact on your well-being. It is a great way to take some time out for yourself and your thoughts alone.
4. Spiritual Self-Care
These are the activities that allow you to think bigger than yourself and nurtures our spirit.
(Don’t confuse it with religious activities).
An activity that tops the spiritual self-care activities is meditation. Even if you can spare 5 minutes to meditate and focus on your inner self that will be great for your well-being. But, is taking a slot out or to begin with, meditation seems challenging here are two pieces of advice:
- Clear your head and create a meditation space before meditating.
- Try to be mindful and meditate while performing everyday tasks like bathing, walking, and more.
Yoga is not a new spiritual self-care activity but in the past two decades, it has gained much popularity. In fact, the word Yoga means “to unite.” It definitely does help us to unite ourselves from the inner and unexplored aspects of self. There are different yoga poses that you can try and practice as a part of your dose of self-care.
Volunteer for A Cause
Volunteering is a great way to give back to society. It is an act of doing something greater than the self. You can volunteer for any great cause for practicing spiritual self-care. Just make sure you do it with all your heart and efforts.
Walking in nature is a divine way to connect with mother earth. The green imagery, the natural sounds, and fragrances revives our sense, soul, and spirit. Even if it’s a 10 minute walk into greens can make you feel so happier altogether.
5. Professional Self-Care
These activities help us to do well in our professional life.
Set Your Boundaries
The office is a huge space you definitely can’t keep a check on who walks in. But, at the same time your personal space is sacred so make sure it remains that way, you better create boundaries. By doing so you decide on what energy you are letting into your life. So, be smart and show yourself that you care by creating boundaries.
Don’t glue yourself to the screen 24*7! Take healthy breaks for yourself. By healthy I mean take off-screen breaks. This can include talking out, stretching, going into the sun, eating a healthy snack, or just sitting out in nature. Don’t take a break from the big screen to small. This might sound a little action but it revitalizes you on a whole level.
Learn To Say A “NO”
NO is a powerful word and a complete sentence in itself! It gives you the power to take back your time and schedule, allowing you to say “YES” to yourself. Got plans but an extra task is added to your list? Say “NO.” It is important to live your life healthily and tell yourself that your personal time matters.
Do Not Work Overtime
Until and unless it is not a high-end demand to meet don’t I repeat Don’t work overtime. If you do so you actually end up giving the right message to your mind, body, and soul. In fact, take a mental break or go for a vacation to give yourself a work-free time. Remember, along with professional life you do have a personal life.
“Self-Care is an act of caring for the most important person in your life- YOU.”
So, don’t compromise on it! If you need motivation feel free to contact us WE ARE HERE FOR YOU…
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