Self-care is most easily forgotten amidst fast-paced and hectic schedules, in a busy world, but the consequences can be serious.
Juggling between work, home and family responsibilities can take a toll on your health, and much of your time, too.
Adding self-care practices to your daily routine can greatly strengthen your health and well-being, and also reduce stress.
Also, experts say that the happiest and most successful people regularly focus on self-care!
Try these simple self-care strategies today:
Include self-care in your to-dos
It’s not enough to occasionally stop your busy lifestyle and take a walk or indulge in a hot bath. Self-care is an ongoing process. It’s just as important to set aside time to take care of yourself, too.
Adopt self-care habits that you can enjoy on a regular basis. They’ll help you avoid burnout, increase your productivity, and allow you to enjoy life.
Develop a new hobby. Or if you have one, set aside time for it.
Whether you love to experiment with new recipes in the kitchen or paint pictures of sunsets, your favorite hobbies can be part of self-care. Hobbies and activities that you already enjoy are easy to select and put into practice.
You just have to find room in your schedule to do them. This is an important step and shows your commitment to self-care.
Compliments? Take notes of these!
You can enjoy this self-care practice even as you work or run errands! Start taking notes of the compliments you receive. You can keep them in a journal, diary, or online folder.
Your compliment folder can also include emails, notes, thank you cards, and other things that make you smile.
This self-care practice can help you fight negative thoughts. Compliments can serve as reminders that you matter, your existence is important, and someone appreciates you.
Clutter can drain you physically and mentally. It can also make you less productive, confused and unhappy as you try to sort your day.
De-cluttering your closet or cleaning out the fridge, can help everything get organized! Which can give you a mood lift.
Remove things that no longer serve you.
Some things might be plain irritating or of no use at all, over time. For instance, remove any old clothes that might seem annoying, and replace them with clothes that you love.
Do something for yourself
Living selfishly all day isn’t recommended, but doing one selfish act that makes you happy can do wonders. You can enjoy just that one thing without feeling guilty about it!
If you struggle with self-care, it’s often because you spend all of your energy and time taking care of others. There’s nothing left in your well for yourself.
By taking the time to do something for yourself, such as reading your favorite book or ignoring a boring phone call, you’ll be restoring your own importance.
Self-care is often put on the back-burner since work, family, and other obligations take over. However, neglecting to take care of your mind and body puts you at risk of burning out and suffering from serious health issues.
Start making time for your self-care practices today.
With inputs from the Internet and print sources