First things first, self-care isn’t being selfish. When you take action for the benefit of your own physical, mental and emotional health, you don’t just take care of yourself but also your relationship with others.
The practice of self-care has an effect on your family, friends, coworkers and most especially, your significant other. In fact, Cindy Norton, a licensed relationship therapist, said that if you make an effort to take care of yourself, you become more rested, patient, understanding, and more available to others, which has the power to strengthen your relationships.
That being said, here are 7 self-care practices that you should be doing right now:
1. Start journaling.
Keeping a journal is a very helpful self-care practice to maintain good mental, emotional and physical health. When you make it a habit to write in your journal everyday, you allow yourself to gain a clearer understanding of your thoughts and feelings.
If you live a very busy life, get yourself a daily planner and start with a gratitude journal to minimize stress and stay positive despite of all the challenges faced that day. It’s a wonderful way to stay grounded and see the bright side of life.
2. Get active.
Exercise isn’t just an activity that has a positive effect on your physical health, but your mental well-being as well. Regular physical activity is one of the effective ways to ward off depression, anxiety and stress. It also improves sleep, mood and how you feel about yourself.
3. Take bubble baths.
Ooh, fancy. But seriously, enjoying a long, relaxing bubble bath is a me-time activity that everyone should do once in a while. A warm bubble bath together with some scented bath bombs, candles and relaxing music will wash away the stresses of the day and provides you the rest, relaxation and rejuvenation that you deserve.
4. Spend time in nature.
Spending time in nature is good for the mind, body and soul. So give yourself time to escape the stress of this tech-filled lifestyle and hit the beach, go on a forest hike or even just a walk in the park.
5. Pamper yourself.
Dear ladies and gents, you all deserve to be pampered after a week of hustling. But you don’t have to wait for anybody to do that for you. Spending time to pamper yourself is an important self-care practice that everyone should do. I know that not everyone has the luxury of going on expensive trips to the spa and salon every weekend, but there are other ways to treat yourself without spending much. You can create your own spa at home using natural products that you can find on your kitchen.
6. Sleep in.
I wish I can do this for myself but if you are lucky to have the chance, sleep as long as you can and give your body your much-needed a rest.
7. Do something new.
Whether it’s a new skill, a hobby, an experience, or traveling somewhere you’ve never been to before, doing something new is a self-care practice that will allow you to learn more about yourself and your abilities.
To sum it all up, it doesn’t matter which self-care practice you choose to do, what’s important is that you take time to recenter and restore yourself regularly to avoid stress and burn-out.