What is self care?
"Self-care is one’s action is around our physical, emotional, relational, perhaps professional, educational, and, for some people, spiritual well-being that reflects the way that we take care of ourselves on the most fundamental levels," says Helen L. Coons, PhD, a clinical health psychologist
What is self-care? Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Although it’s a simple concept in theory, it’s something we very often overlook. Good self-care is key to improved mood and reduced anxiety. It’s also key to a good relationship with oneself and others.
• Constant tiredness and fatigue
• Poor sleep quality
• Anxiety and worry
• Negative and self-sabotaging thoughts
• Low self-worth and insecurity
• And many other negative things
That is why it is crucial to take care of yourself. Self care is not selfish, but rather artistic
If you take care of yourself you can help others.
Eating right, getting quality sleep, and exercising will definitely help you take care of yourself, but we will mention other things that you can do to care for yourself
I wholeheartedly believe that everyone should incorporate meditation into their daily routine. You do not have to sit with your legs crossed saying mhmm. You can meditate with your eyes open, while walking, or sitting. I personally do mindfulness meditation. You can incorporate mindfulness into daily activities like brushing your teeth. You can notice when you stand up or sit down on a chair.
There are many benefits to meditation including lower stress, improved focus, increased confidence, and heightened self awareness
A research review published in JAMA Internal Medicine in January 2014 found meditation helpful for relieving anxiety, pain, and depression. For depression, meditation was about as effective as an antidepressant.
Now let’s talk about other self care techniques
Sit somewhere in nature. Feel relaxed by the scenery, the fresh air, and the birds singing.
Have a good laugh. Watch or read something entertaining even if that means a silly video of baby goats in pajamas on YouTube.
Take a deep mindful breath. Oxygenate your body, reduce the tension, and refresh your energy.
Show gratitude. Find something to be thankful for in your life.
Get some sunlight
Dance to your favorite song. Get in touch with your playful side and enjoy a good workout while you’re at it!
Say kind words to yourself. When you’re angry, sad or scared, gently tell yourself, “It’s OK,” “I understand,” “I forgive you,” “You can do this,” “I believe in you.”
Take a break from social media. Clear the stream of your mind for a few days. Give yourself a break from the comparison, egotism, and drama that stems from social media. Delete social media apps from your phone and spend time doing something else.
Spend time around people that support you. Find people who believe in and uplift you. Keep away from those who seek to drag you down and infect your life with negativity.
Self-Care Ideas For the Mind
Journal and self-reflect. Record your journey with self-care and write down your key discoveries. Reflect on your progress and feel proud.
Do something nice for someone
Watch your favorite show or listen to your favorite podcast