How to Self-Care
We’re hearing a lot lately the buzz word self-care which is all about looking after your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs. At times in life, we can become really busy, stressed out and life just gets hectic and it’s easy to leave ourselves on the back burner and neglect our needs.
Self-care is important because if we don’t take a step back and assess how we’re treating ourselves and then take steps to look after ourselves on these different levels, we can end up feeling burnt out and ultimately becoming ill. Let’s face it, being human can be hard! We can put a load of pressure on ourselves to have a great job, family life, holidays etc but your health is your greatest wealth!
Feeling highly stressed, anxious and having a low mood isn’t something that we should accept as a part of our everyday life. There are plenty of external factors that can cause us to feel low, from being around negative people who drag us down, to pressures of everyday life and work stress. Here is how you can kick those worries into touch and how to practice a bit of self-care!
Say Screw it!
Although it’s hard, remember that people will project their insecurities on others, rise above it gracefully and stay true to you. Forget about the opinions of others too. Do what makes you happy and remember your self-worth.
Combat any negative comments from others by writing down what you like about yourself. There’s plenty of things!
Meet up with loved ones and people who make you feel good. Surround yourself with positive people who are like minded and love you for being you. Talk to friends, family and colleagues about how you’re feeling. You may be surprised that you’re not alone!
Create a gratitude book and write down all the things in life you’re grateful for. This can help you to gain a higher perspective on what’s good in your life and to focus on this.
Get creative - Write poems/songs and even write down how you’re feeling to gain a bit of clarity. Many amazing artists have created work out of feeling strongly about something so perhaps channel this for something good.
Do a hobby. Whatever it is, take your mind off work, worries or any other stresses. Doing things you enjoy will help to give your mind something else to focus on and can stop you remunerating by breaking up your routine of daily life and give you something else to think about.
Walk in nature. Getting out in the fresh air and sunlight can make a massive difference to your mood. Taking in nature and taking deep breaths can help to clear your head. Focus on your surroundings and take it all in. If you’re near water just sit and watch the waves for a while.
Make plans - according to psychologists, it’s good to have something to look forward to everyday. It can be something as small as a bath, nice dinner, a walk, or a good TV show. Even having a day dream about a trip or planning a holiday can also give you something to enjoy and look forward to.
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