Get ready for a fun quick exercise. Scroll further down!
Close your eyes for a minute and think of one person (or a thing) that is most important to you in your life.
Have an answer?
Most of your answers may revolve around Family, Friends, Love, Health, Your Own Calling or Passion, and so forth.
But what about you!? Darling, YOU are your most important person (or thing). Aren’t you!
Do you read selfCARE as selfISH? Let’s begin with what self-care is not.
Self-care is not something you only do if you have time. Neither is self-care synonymous with self-indulgence or pampering, like a reward that can be gained once other tasks are completed.
The WHO developed a self-care plan that defines self-care as “the ability of individuals, families, and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and to cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a healthcare provider”.
Self-care is a personal journey! There are many ways in which you can practice self-care. Every individual may have a different approach, depending on what you do at work and outside of work to look after your overall wellbeing and meet your personal and professional commitments.
So, I am laying ideas for you to begin with. It could be anything that tickles your fancy, and you can prioritise accordingly.
1. Exercise daily: Any form of workout that suits you, but moves
2. Eat right: Start decoding your diet into vitamins & minerals
3. Hydrate yourself: Cut down on caffeine, instead choose lemonade, coconut water, fruit-infused water, and the likes
4. Sleep: Create a nightly routine and take your sleep seriously
5. Meditate: Find a teacher or use a Guided Meditation App
6. Cultivate close connections: Find enough face-to-face time with your friends and family
7. Write a journal: Reflect on the day by penning your thoughts
8. Find a hobby: Engage in a non-work hobby
9. Unplug for an hour: Switch everything to airplane mode & free yourself from the constant bings of social media and email
10. Declutter: Recycle three pieces from your wardrobe or home that doesn’t give you joy anymore every fortnight.
Self-care can have different aspects such as physical, spiritual, and emotional self-care. It’s an important factor in maintaining health and well-being.
Practicing self-care isn’t always easy. Given our busy schedules, it is the last thing on the agenda. However, remember self-care is not an indulgence. Self-care might range from a long nature walk and yoga to everyday activities like preparing meals of your choice.
Planning self-care itself to suit your own budget, personal needs, and wellness can fill you with positivity, energy, and excitement.
Keep Reading. Keep Practicing. Keep Shining.
Smiles and Sunshine ☀️