Self-care: 7 Ways to Take Better Care of Yourself
With coming out of 2022 and heading towards a new year with new challenges and obstacles, with new ups and way more downs, with just 365 days to accomplish everything in a hurry. Do you find yourself caught up in a freezing mood? A freezing mood is when you want to do so many things, yet so little energy is left. Consequently, it leads you to freeze and scroll through your phone while your inner thoughts are screaming. If you find yourself relating to the phase stated above, it’s time to change that.
One most important thing and life-changing factor is to take care of your mental health. This is the key to your happiness. Mental health is important in every phase of your life, either if you are a child, a teenager, or an adult. It’s domineering your brain and it determines how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices in life.
And as a trial of help, in this article, we will share with you some tips on how to take better care of yourself.
1. Prioritize your sleep
Sleeping is the first step of your self-care guide. Once you check that one of the list, you will find an immediate and noticeable change. Sleeping helps with both resting your mind and body, don’t take the outcome of that for granted. You can make your sleeping experience more effective by establishing a relaxing bedtime routine, or cutting off caffeine at least 6 hours before sleeping.
2. Get regular exercise
30 minutes of exercise a day, can deeply help with the process of getting your life on track. This is not the typical call of exercise but for real, it can really change your life. You don’t have to go to the gym, you can just practice at home, or maybe outdoors. Find what works best for you and your body to make you feel happy. Exercising will help you to reduce stress, sharpens your happiness, lowers anxiety and depression, and definitely will boost your self-confidence level.
3. Eat healthy regular meals, stay hydrated
I know that this sounds like a diet plan to you but it’s not. By eating 3 meals a day and drinking water, you are setting yourself up for fewer mood swings. It will improve your overall energy which will assist you with getting more things done. It can also help you with reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety. You don’t have to eat accordingly to a diet plan, you can only focus on eating plenty of fruits and veggies along with cutting off junk food.
4. Focus on positivity
I know that this step is not as easy as it seems. It takes a lot of effort to just focus on the positive side, but one at least got to try. There are a lot of methods to practice doing this and eventually, you will master it. Start by replacing negative self-talk with positive self-talk. Instead of blaming yourself for why bad things happen, try to find a way to gain a moral out of it. Instead of comparing yourself to others, try to compare your old self with your recent self and immediately you will feel proud. Change your “There's no way it will work.” To “I can make it work.” And notice how magically it works.
5. Practice gratitude
You can start this by looking for the good things in life and appreciating them more instead of taking them for granted. Each day, write 5 things you are grateful for, and this way you will look differently at everything, noticing its beauty no matter how small it might be. Pause. Notice and absorb. Let it sink in. Soak it up. Savor your blessings at the moment they happen. Express. By expressing gratitude to someone else, you are sharing one of the warmest feeling a person could ever feel.
6. Quality time with family and friends
“Time spending with friends it’s like heaven on earth.” What an easy way to practice selfcare. Just spend more time with family members and dear friends. It’s healthy to take time off from working or studying or something you are busy with. Having quality time with people who are close to your heart will leave a positive impact on you that will last your whole day. Spending time with people who care about you will make you feel more seen and heard, and that’s one way to self-care and love.
7. Have some me-time
Not only spending time with your family and friends will improve your mental health, but also spending time with yourself. Having some me time means that one should take a break from everything around him and just give more time to his needs, hobbies, interests, feelings, and thoughts. One should listen to what his mind is trying to tell him. This can happen easily, you can just read a warm book, or watch a funny movie. Maybe even go for a walk alone, have a coffee, and listen to your favorite song. Quality time with yourself comes in many forms, what is more important is that you enjoy it.
An individual doesn’t have much except himself. Your peace comes from within. You are in charge of your own happiness. Don’t wait for someone else to come and do the job for you. You can take care of yourself. You can treat and love yourself. You can have a life full of sunshine and rainbows, you just got to exert some effort in your self-development, and things will eventually fall into their right place.