By Javeria Faizan
Ever found yourself getting cranky or frustrated for no reason? Restless even after a long sleep. Anxious and/or depressed over petty things. Pay attention, your body is trying to communicate with you, getting the message across that it needs some TLC (Tender Loving Care), which means you need to pay more attention to yourself. Considering the significance and its need, we have chosen this theme to enlighten you about self-care practices. Here we suggest 10 self-care practices for your better health.
We, the women, play the role of care providers for those around us. Looking after our families has consumed us so much that taking care of ourselves is lost amidst other responsibilities. This is the reason so many of us are suffering from anxiety, depression, detachment, loneliness, and the ever-consuming urge to cry. We need to put ourselves first. If we are unable to take care of ourselves, how can we be there for our family and children who are solely dependent on us for their support and wellbeing?
In this fast-moving world, we struggle to make time for ourselves. When we do take out some time, it feels like a selfish act. What we need to understand is that self-care is not selfishness, it is a need that must be addressed for us to be inspired, energetic and resilient. Self-care brims us with confidence and joy that is contagious and spreads from us to those around us. It enables us to operate in a healthy and effective manner.
Self-care is not just about looking after your body. It comprises activities that bring about mental and spiritual well-being along with physical ones. Missing even a single aspect will affect your well-being. It’s important to employ such methods of self-care that contribute to each of these.
Each of us is different, so each of us may have a different approach to unwinding. What we must keep in mind is that self-care habits are ways of de-stressing. They should never be something we don’t like doing because then it won’t be self-care it will become a burden.
Here we have a compilation of 10 self-care practices that you can try to improve your overall well-being.
10 Self-Care Practices For Your Better Health
1- A Good Sleep
Sound sleep has a huge impact on our emotional and physical health. Not sleeping enough is the underlying cause of many health problems. To make sleeping a part of our self-care regime, we should cut out caffeine and sugar intake just before bedtime, keep calm and stop thinking about stressful situations. It is also advised to go to bed at a reasonable time. Sleeping late and waking early also deprive us of energy.
2- A Healthy Gut
Healthy eating habits have a lasting effect on our bodies. Eating nutritious food and drinking plenty of water is a good ways to take care of ourselves. What we eat affects how we act. A healthy gut spreads positivity throughout the body while an upset one makes us weak.
3- Daily Workout
We all know the benefits of exercising daily. It is a great way to look after ourselves. Exercising not only assists us in weight loss, but it is also responsible for lifting our mood and making us less stressed and anxious. A workout is not the only form of exercise, running, yoga, or even walking if done regularly, turns into a self-care approach.
Meditation is blocking out all external stimuli and making a connection with our inner self. Early morning meditation helps us take on the day with a positive attitude. Just relax and think about all the blessings we are granted. Build up a positive mind and offer encouragement to become the best version of ourselves.
5- Saying No
How often is it that we find someone asking us to do something when we are already stressed and exhausted? Learning to say no is the key to showing ourselves some care. It may sound selfish and upsetting to those we hold dear, but once you realize how important it is to care for yourself you will feel obliged to give yourself some peace and rest.
6- Slow Down
We are in the habit of checking our phones as soon as we wake up. With that corresponding starts and we find ourselves working even before we are fully awake. Self-care requires us to slow down and appreciate what we have. Take a deep breath and take some me-time. Prepare breakfast and enjoy it as it is the most important meal of the day.
7- Take A Break
When we start feeling overwhelmed, taking a break always helps. Stop whatever you are doing and spend some time outside. A short brisk walk or an entire evening spent at a park both are helpful in reducing stress and overcoming fatigue.
8- SPA Day
Nothing is more relaxing than a day spent at a spa. Every now and then we yearn for a recharge. In this fast-moving world, each day is hectic and stressful. The spa is an experience that leaves us with a refreshed mind and an energized body. It is an excellent way to show yourself some self-care.
9- Do Something Productive
Try to do something different that makes you feel productive, such as; you can read a book, you can do an online course to learn something new, you can read lifestyle magazines, or you can pen down your thoughts, and so on. Remember that, journaling and reading is the best way that helps you to feel productive. Once you are done with it, you will feel productive at the end of the day.
10- Praise Yourself
When you feel like you are stuck in life, then count your boundless blessings, start praising yourself and celebrate your achievements. This strategy will help you to relax your mind and also it will encourage you to discover and explore more in life.
Hence, a healthy body and a sane mind are the most precious things we have. We have to keep them in perfect shape to be able to face anything that comes our way. We have to start taking some time out of our busy schedules for ourselves now. Our future self will thank us for it. However, these are the 10 self-care practices for better health that you can try.