Self-care is a popular topic nowadays yet it is often poorly explained and executed. You might have seen the self-care term in a lot of books and magazines but do not have a clear sense of how you are supposed to benefit from it and how it can add value into your life. The scope of self-care, by definition, includes health promotion; disease prevention and control; self-medication; providing care to dependent persons; seeking hospital/specialist care if necessary; and rehabilitation including palliative care. In short, self-care is an act of caring yourself when you are ill or to stop yourself from becoming ill.
It is all about you and only you. Selfcare is all about loving yourself in a way that no one ever could.
Everyone should practice self-care. The reason behind is straightforward: by loving yourself first can you only love others. It is vital to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself in order to produce positive feelings and boost your self-esteem. Self-care is necessary to remind yourself that your needs are as important as other’s needs. If you could not even take care of yourself how would you be able to protect your family and your loved one?
There are a plethora of benefits of self-care. First and foremost, it gives you a better productivity. When you learn how to say no to the things that over-extend you or make you feel exhausted, and instead you start making time for things that matter more, you slow life down in a wonderful way. This brings your goal into a sharper focus and helps you to concentrate on what you are doing and what brings you fulfilment in life. Moreover, self-care enhances your self-esteem. When you consciously spend time focusing on being good to yourself and meeting your own needs, you send a positive message to your subconscious. Specifically, you treat yourself like you matter and have intrinsic value. This can go a long way toward discouraging negative self-talk and your critical inner voice. Accumulating your knowledge is also another benefit of self-care. Practicing self-care requires thinking about what you really love to do. The exercise of figuring out what makes you feel passionate and inspired can help you understand yourself a lot better. Sometimes, this can even spark a change in career or a reprioritization of previously abandoned hobbies.
The most important part of this article is how can we implement self care?
There are ten simple self-care habits that we can practice:
- Eat healthily and mindfully.Too often we eat our meals while multitasking, thus denying ourselves the pure experience of nourishing meals. Would you work on the computer when having dinner with a loved one? Treat yourself with that same level of respect, and allow yourself to indulge in a meal without any distractions.
- Keep track of your accomplishments.While there are great merits to a “to-do” list, we must also recognize the things we’ve done. At the end of the day, make a list (either mental or write it out) of the productive things you’ve done that day. Did you nurture a relationship? Do the laundry? Complete a work assignment? No matter how small, you deserve a pat on the back.
- Express gratitude.Just as it is beneficial to keep track of what we’ve done, it’s also good to notice what we have. Keep a journal by your bed, and note the things that you feel lucky to have. Everything from clean sheets to a good friend is worth noting.
- Gift your inner child.What were some of your favourite things when you were little? Did you love sidewalk chalk, picking wildflowers, or eating marshmallows? Treat your inner child to a little present and allow the warm feelings to wash over you.
- Create a cosy space. Does your bedroom look the way you want it to? If it doesn’t, maybe add some candles or fun throw pillows. By building a space that feels warm and inviting, you establish an inviting retreat for when tough times arise.
- Read a book. Finding a book you love is a great way to feel happy. It feels wonderful to look forward to a good story, and the act of reading helps encourage a sense of peace.
- Work Out. What people say about exercise and endorphins is true; getting active increases the sense of happiness This doesn’t mean you need to hit the gym. Rather, find a form of physical activity that works for you. Go dancing with your friends, enjoy a Saturday morning hike, or go on a bike ride.
- Social Media Intoxication. Instagram and Facebook have some benefits, but does it really make you feel better to expose yourself to everyone’s online versions of themselves? Most often people only report on their success, and so it can be hard when you’re comparing your entire life to everyone’s highlight reels. Take the time to break away from social media, and allow yourself to focus on the beauty of the moment.
- Create something. Whether it’s a batch of brownies or a pastel drawing, getting artistic allows us to feel mindful and productive.
- Build a self-care kit. Fill a pretty basket with some of the things that make you feel special. It could be nail polish, gummy frogs, coconut lotion, treasured photos, or a new pair of socks. Place your pick-me-ups in a pretty basket, and keep it in your bedroom or bathroom for when you need an extra dose of love.
Remember, by being your best self you’re able to share those beautiful feelings with those around you. Search for the good, share your peace, and watch the positivity grow!
Written by: Lee Yue, 10th Secretarial Associate