Nowadays, self-care is not only important, but it is also practical. When we say self-care, we don’t just mean using skin white toner or tea-tree-oil shampoo. Self-care goes beyond grooming and hygiene, as helpful as these things are.
A lot of people who let themselves go and neglected to care for themselves have suffered some form of anxiety and depression. This has led to folks not functioning well in the workplace and in society.
One has to learn how to take care of himself or herself to live a fuller life. Invest in yourself, too. You are as important as your other concerns.
10 Very Practical Self-Care Tips that Almost Costs Nothing
If you want to bring order to your life, start with your home. A messy and cluttered space adds to one’s stress and anxiety. Cleaning and organizing your space frees you from these unnecessary triggers. In this case, cleaning is no longer a chore but a therapy.
One of the things that add toxicity to life today is online exposure. Do yourself a favor and turn off those notifications. If you can’t completely disconnect, then keep your time online to a minimum and don’t argue with people in the comments section.
Journaling is a great way of unloading unwanted baggage off your shoulders. It allows you to go on a deeper and more intimate journey of self-discovery.
Taking naps allows your body to slow down for a few minutes and do a quick reboot especially when you’re exhausted and still have a long way to go. Taking a nap between 4:00 PM is also proven to give you a mental recharge and minimize weight gain.
We all tend to get caught up in the notion that we need to always be on the move to be productive. Thus, we run ourselves to the ground grinding and hustling. We fail to recognize that taking time off and doing absolutely nothing is also a crucial part of one’s productivity. It’s good for your health and well-being.
Dance is a great way to exercise without going to the gym or any classes. Sure, there are paid group classes or one-on-one sessions but if you don’t see yourself pursuing dance as a passion and just need an outlet to let loose, turn the volume up and just dance like no one’s looking.
A hobby is designed to distract you from your routine to re-energize you. If you have a few hobbies that you were into growing up, revisit them. If you don’t, try getting into one. It doesn’t have to be expensive. It just has to be something you’re interested in that you can pursue.
One of the simplest yet highly-therapeutic ways of enjoying life is to list down all the things you are thankful for in a small notepad. At the end of the day, go over that list and see just how blessed you still are.
Setting boundaries for people is a great way of reminding them that you are your own person and you are not at their beck and call. Stop trying to please everyone by being a “yes” man.
Life, as it is, is such a wonderful thing to not enjoy. Take time to live by laughing and playing. It is okay to have fun. In fact, it is important to have fun. It keeps you sane and energized.
It’s always a good thing to take care of others but in the process, do not neglect to take care of yourself. Remember, you can’t give what you don’t have.