The planets, stars and social media have finally aligned to make self-care a mainstream discussion. Self-care is by no means a form of indulgence. Rather it’s a necessity. It’s so easy to lose yourself in the humdrum of non-stop life. Most of us are good at looking after others, but how often do we show ourselves the same generosity?
Let the new year, the new decade be an instigator for your love affair with yourself. Let’s take a look at our top self-care tips.
There’s always so much to do but so little time. Don’t let your desire to do it all keep you away from your bed. Sleeping is the body’s way to restore energy. Insufficient sleep has a direct impact on your mood, health and productivity.
Make sleep a priority; no amount of coffee can take its place.
Learn to do nothing
Somehow society has made working or doing something constantly a sign of being productive and successful. That’s a load of bull.
It’s crucial to take breaks and truly relax. If your idea of taking a break is reading a book while simultaneously baking a loaf and listening to a podcast, then consider this as an intervention. It’s time to learn and relish the art of doing nothing.
Sweat it out
If not for the gains, work out for the sake of your overall well being. Would you rather listen to a Jehovah’s Witnesses preach at your doorstep than go to the gym? Well, you don’t have to. From rock climbing to boxing, there are several alternative workouts that are anything but boring.
Take a vacation
Your dedication to continually work hard is commendable. But it would help if you paired this hard work with a much-needed break. Allow your mind and body to rest, which will do wonders for your productivity. Take a beach vacation or try out a staycation, whatever rocks your boat.
Treating yourself isn’t limited to scouring your freezer at midnight for ice cream. Find ways to treat your mind and body. Get a facial at BodyTonic Clinic or sign up for a meditation class.
Commit to healthy eating
We don’t mean to sound like a broken record, but your body needs nutritious food to sustain. Start cooking your own meals to regulate what goes into your body. Also, this is a brilliant way to save money.
Keep yourself fit
Find a hobby
When was the last time you did something just for the sheer enjoyment of it? And no, drinking on the weekends doesn’t count.
These days everything has to be commercialised. If you are good at knitting, then it has to become a side hustle. Escape this ideology and learn a new skill for fun.
FOMO is very much real, but its lesser-known sister JOMO (joy of missing out) has joined the party. If you’re exhausted, call it a night and stay in. There will be many more parties to go to.
We all are guilty of whining about things we don’t have. But what about the things you are lucky enough to have? Practising gratitude is important to live a content life. Start a gratitude journal or download an app to feel fulfilled with what you have.
Are you always glued to screens? The world is passing by while you’re lost in a scrolling spree. Shut off your phone sometimes and be present. Leave your headphones at home, stop to smell spring blossoms and note the mouthfeel of a cupcake. Reconnect with your immediate surroundings.
There’s no shame or guilt is making self-care a part of your everyday life. After all, you have to live with yourself forever. So why isn’t preserving your mental and physical wellbeing on the top of your list?
This article has been sponsored by IDIMAGNET
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