Practising Self Care in 10 Small Steps

It's important to show compassion for others, but how often do we treat ourselves with that same level of kindness? One of the best things that we can do for our minds and bodies is to take a break and remember that we are worth love. This is particularly important during such challenging times as we are facing.

For some people, adding self-care into a daily regimen can seem indulgent, inconvenient, or even intimidating. Your first thought might be "I don't have time for that," or "I have too many other things to do." But repeatedly putting the needs of others before our own can lead to a lack of "me time," which can, in turn, create stress and resentment and prevent us from being our best selves, which can lead to burn out.

We can learn a lesson from the safety directions stewardesses tell us before every flight.

'In case of emergency, please make sure you put your own oxygen mask first before helping a child or anyone next to you'

In order to help others, we must make sure we look after ourselves.

Research has shown that adding self-care into one's daily routine reduces stress, decreases the chance of mental and physical ailment, increases productivity, and inspires feelings of happiness. By giving ourselves a daily dose of compassion, we're able to approach our work and relationships with a clear, happy mind, thus allowing the cycle of positivity to continue.

1. Eat healthily and mindfully

Too often we eat our meals while multitasking, thus denying ourselves the pure experience of nourishing meal. Would you work on the computer when having dinner with a loved one? Treat yourself with that same level of respect, and allow yourself to indulge in a meal without any distractions.

2. Keep track of your accomplishments.

While there are great merits to a "to-do" list, we must also recognise the things we've done. At the end of the day, make a list (either mental or write it out) of the productive things you've done that day. Did you nurture a relationship? Do the laundry? Complete a work assignment? No matter how small, you deserve a pat on the back and as our children learn at school, tell yourself 'well do me'!

3. Express gratitude.

Just as it's beneficial to keep track of what we've done, it's also good to notice what we have. Keep a journal by your bed, and note the things that you feel lucky to have. Everything from clean sheets to a good friend is worth noting.

4. Gift your inner child.

What were some of your favourite things when you were little? Did you love, picking wildflowers, or eating marshmallows? Treat your inner child to a little present and allow the warm feelings to wash over you.

5. Create a cosy space where you can hide away when you need.

Does your bedroom look the way you want it to look? If it doesn't, maybe add some candles or fun throw pillows. Build a space that is yours (OK, maybe share it with your husband/wife/ partner!). Make sure your space feels warm and inviting. Establish an inviting retreat for when tough times arise.

6. Read a book.

Finding a book you love is a great way to feel happy. It feels wonderful to look forward to a good story, and the act of reading helps encourage a sense of peace

7. Move.

What people say about exercise and endorphins is true; getting active increases feelings of happiness. This doesn't mean you have to go the gym. Rather find a form of physical activity that works for you. Go dancing with your friends, enjoy a hike, or go on a bike ride.

8. Unplug.

Instagram and Facebook have some benefits, but does it really make you feel better to expose yourself to everyone's online versions of themselves? Most often people only report on their success, and so it can be hard when you're comparing your entire life to everyone's highlight reels. Take a break from social media, and allow yourself to focus on the beauty of the moment.

9. Create something.

Whether it's a batch of brownies or a pastel drawing, getting artistic allows us to feel mindful and productive.

10. Build a self-care kit.

Fill a pretty basket with some of the things that make you feel special. It could be nail polish, gummy bears, coconut lotion, treasured photos, a special card you received, or… chocolate! Place your pick-me-ups in a pretty basket, and keep it in your bedroom or bathroom for when you need an extra dose of love.

Remember, by being your best self you're able to share those beautiful feelings with those around you. Search for the good, share your peace, and watch the positivity grow. 

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Thursday, 07 July 2022