13 Ways to Practice Self-Care | Victoria Jiju
Self-care is incredibly important. Often there is not enough emphasis on how important it is to take breaks and check-in with yourself in order to be your best self. Everyone needs a break from time-to-time to assess their life and generally get themselves together, because girl, burnout doesn't look good on anyone. So here goes, a list of 13 small things you can do to make-sure you are looking after your mind, body and soul.
1. Have a 24 Hour Social Media Detox
It's so easy to get sucked in to social media. Sometimes it's inspiring but, often it's draining. Reading about other people’s 'picture-perfect' lives and consuming this, you think you need to make your life different or even better so it looks more like theirs. More often than not, you don't actually need this in your life. So every now and then it's important for your mental health to take a break, switch off from everybody else's life and focus solely on yours.
2. Take a Bath and do a full skincare/hair care pamper routine
Whilst this is often superficial self-care, meaning that it only deals with surface stress and not your life's issues as a whole, it is sometimes just as important. Sometimes after a heavy day of work, children or just life in general an easy way to re-group and take a break from life is to pamper yourself from head-to-toe. After-all, we all deserve it every once in a while and often regular superficial self-care can lead to more positive self-worth as you're looking after your body’s needs.
3. Clean your house
Cleaning or tidying your house although may not sounds like the most ideal way to spend your time, it can really support your sense of self-worth. Sometimes life gets on top of us, dishes get left, draws are left open and clothes are strewn on the floor and thats okay. However, once it starts, sometimes the thought of even starting to clean up seems intimidating. Although it can be so incredibly productive to our mental health to be in a clean environment as the physical chaos can sometimes amplify your mental chaos. Therefore to quieten it down, we can tidy our spaces and enjoy the sense on cleanliness in mind and body.
Sometimes it's just nice to exit the busy world we live in and explore a new one. Reading lets us quieten all the excess noise and thoughts that protrude our minds daily. Not only is reading therapeutic and stimulating, it also provides education on new topics, worlds and matters. As a result, not only are we able to destress from the real world but become more knowledgeable even if it is simple as learning the meaning behind unfamiliar words.
5. Spend some time outdoors.
Research shows that spending time outdoors can have a significant impact on numerous mental-health conditions and can also be used as a preventative measure. Regular short periods outdoors can make you feel happier and healthier and has a multitude of health benefits. Additionally whats not to love about beautiful sites, flowers and sunsets you can snap when you're out giving your brain a break. Make yourself a little bit happier today and take a short walk.
6. Catch up with a friend or a family member
For some people self-care may mean spending time away from friends and family to relax and de-stress yet for others it may be exactly what they need. Often those of us who get engrossed in work and the general obligations of life we neglect some of our relationships. Therefore, making time to see a friend or family member may be just what you need to share your burdens, have a coffee and just relax.
7. Mediate and practice mindfulness.
Whilst this is not ground breaking information, meditating and practicing mindfulness can ground your busy mind and give you time to look after yourself. Having time to clear your mind through meditation has been proven to reduce anxiety and allows you to be more focused and productive throughout the day. Why not try 15 minutes of meditation today and see how it help you manifest your intentions for the day.
8. Do some exercise
I have mentioned this in previous blog posts however, exercise is incredibly beneficial for improving your physical and mental strength. Exercising increases the serotonin levels within the body which is one of the hormones that is responsible for your mood. Therefore, exercising regularly, helps improve your mood and makes you happier. It's recommend that you should exercise for 75 minutes a week if you're doing high-impact workouts or 150 minutes of moderate exercise. Working out 3-4 times a week for 30-40 minutes should achieve this and make you physically and mentally more happy.
9. Have a Nap
I feel like this ones pretty self-explanatory. Take a nap gain back some of the energy that has been lost on too many late nights. Sometimes a nap may be all you need to de-stress and give you a little perspective.
10. Get 8 hours of sleep
Similar yet different to the above point. However, whilst having nap may catch you up on your lost sleep, getting 8 hours of regular sleep gives your body time to repair, rest and restore every night. So if you can, do your body a favour and head to bed a little earlier as life should be a little easier when it has time to repair and your not battling tiredness as-well.
11. Hydrate your body
Again, really simple but keeping your body hydrated has so many benefits for your health. Some of these benefits include helping your muscles and joints, hydrating your brain and making you feel more energised. Some research even suggests that having low levels of water can affect your mood therefore it is important to keep up your water intake in order to practice good self-care regularly.
12. Start Journaling or Write in Your Journal.
Journaling isn't for everyone however it can have it's benefits for your mental health and can be a really beneficial part of self-care. The process of journaling is unique to each individual and can range from bullet journaling, gratitude journals or diary journals. Regardless of the type of journal you choose, they all help to align or purge your thoughts, as well as set intentions and goals. Therefore, when you’re journaling you’re helping your body remove any bad energies from the past and allowing it to prepare for the future.
13. Don't give up your self-care time
Your self-care time is important. It may seem easy to give it up to help somebody else or to do some more work or an extra load of laundry but if you don't make time for yourself, life can get on top of you. Practicing self-care regularly has an entire array of benefits including;
- Reducing Stress
- Reducing Anxiety
- Increased self-worth
- More self-love
- Making you less susceptible to emotional health issues
Therefore I repeat, don't give up your self-care time, you need it to thrive and be you.
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