6 Tips To Practice Self-Care
Self-love is not vain; it’s necessary. It should not be looked at as a reward. Authentic self-care is caring for yourself, nurturing yourself, and loving yourself not just for your own benefit but for the benefit of others. We get run down, overworked and overwhelmed and it all starts to snowball into something else. I've been reading, journaling, and experimenting with what helps me feel better and came up with these tips for self-care.
Staying hydrated has lots of benefits. Drinking a cup of water every morning helps boost your metabolism while also making you feel more awake and hydrated. It also helps fight fatigue. I could go on and on but you get the point, drink more water!
Taking care of your body builds self-esteem and promotes good mental health. They go hand in hand. Good hygiene makes you feel good about yourself. I always feel like myself when I've just come from the salon or have a nice mani pedi. Can you relate?
Have you moved around today? Many of us spend a lot of time sitting behind a computer then come home and sit on the couch or lay in the bed and binge watch a television show. It's important to keep moving. Get up and exercise, even if it's for 30 minutes. Staying active helps reduce stress and helps you sleep better. Remember the mind and the body are inseparable.
"Exercise is Optional, Movement is Essential."
So dance, climb, jump, swim. Find out what movement is for you.
Find time to rest. We live in times where resting is considered an indulgence and many people feel guilty of just the thought of taking time to just do nothing. Am I wrong? However, ask any athlete, physician, even the Bible and they will tell you rest is essential for physical health, productivity, and for your soul. Everybody needs to rest to recharge.
Better is a handful of rest than two handfuls of hard work and chasing after the wind.
“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”
I read that by rewarding yourself in the moment your brain elicits positive emotions. It keeps you motivated and makes you feel good.
"Celebrate each accomplishment no matter how small."
Recognize your hard work no matter how small, your brain will start to link pleasure to accomplishing a task. You can reward yourself by going outside for a walk, drinking a cup of coffee or your favorite drink, or book a mini vacation.
Everyone recharges differently. Try by first taking some time away from social media. If you're an Extrovert spend quality time with your friends. If you're Introvert "Netflix and chill" will do you some good. Recognize when you feel drained and when you lack motivation.