Self-care activities can help you manage stress and improve wellbeing. Taking care of yourself is important, especially if you have many responsibilities, like going to school, working, or living in a stressful environment, or taking care of a loved one. So, how do you practice self-care?
A good dose of self-care is learning to understand your needs emotionally, physically, and professionally. If you understand these requirements and learn to put them first, you will take better care of yourself and be better prepared for all your daily activities.
Deal with stress:
Relieve the general tension of life by addressing sources of stress, which can be at work, home, school, or some other responsibility. Identify what you need to control. This is usually in response to tension. Practising relaxation techniques increases your energy, motivation, and productivity. Some simple techniques for reducing stress include:
Have a support network.
Spend time with friends, family, and people who make you feel good about yourself. Choose caring and trustworthy people who respect your needs and limits. Avoid the ones that diminish or harm you or make you feel inadequate or inferior.
Do not forget your free time.
It is important to have time for fun, especially when you are stressed out. Find activities that allow you to relax and be with loved ones. Some ideas are:
Learn to recognise mental overload and do not be afraid to seek professional help. Having to talk to someone who does not make you feel weak, or insignificant is so important. Find a counsellor you trust and can relate to; otherwise, treatment will not work. Psychotherapy is beneficial for self-care because:
Encourage yourself by saying positive, personal, and powerful phrases whenever you are down. Here are some examples:
Do sports regularly.
Move outdoors or from the comfort of your home! Do the physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day, even if it is divided into ten-minute intervals. It is okay if you cannot exercise everyday but try most days of the week. Choose activities that you enjoy and that are preferably fun and varied, so you do not get sick. You can:
Eating healthy foods to help maintain your energy and health. When you are too busy at work, home or caring for others, it can be difficult to plan and cook a healthy meal for yourself. Some ways to change your diet to take better care of yourself include:
It takes most people about seven to nine hours to feel good the next day. Getting proper sleep can be difficult when you are stressed out or overwhelmed with daily obligations. To attempt:
Forget the responsibility for a while. Vacations does not have to be an annual beach trip as it can be stressful and costly. You can have short breaks during the week or the month. For example, plan for half an hour of rest and relaxation every day, whether at home or outdoors.
Take regular breaks.
Plan breaks to get up, walk, and rest while you work. Respect the lunch break and talk to colleagues to recharge your batteries. Also, remember to drink plenty of water.
Make the workplace a comfortable environment.
Create a space where you feel calm, capable, and motivated. This will reduce your stress levels and help you feel more productive. You can:
Do not take work home with you.
To ensure a better balance between work and personal life, you should not take any task home with you. This means avoiding “office tasks” in the bedroom and work-related matters during rest periods.
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Put your needs first.
That is not selfishness. In fact, you will be better able to help others when you are mentally and physically healthy.
Ask for help when you need it.
When you are stressed, it is extremely difficult to handle everything by yourself, and you get even more nervous. Let friends and family support you. It can be easier if you:
Say “no” and set boundaries.
You cannot help everyone at any time, after all, you are human and cannot do everything. Say “no” to more responsibility and “yes” to more opportunities for fun and social inclusion.
Hope this post on how to practice self-care will encourage you to look after yourself. Thanks for reading and remember to subscribe to our weekly newsletter. See you in the next post.