What self care mean? The insider guide to self Care.
How many of you have neglected self-care ? Probably, this isn’t the first time you are neglecting self-care. Right! The word or concept of self-care hasn’t been on our radar for so long that we have forgotten what it’s like to think about yourself. How many of us are guilty of working through the day, attending to our kids, crossing things off our to do list, driving from here to there to get errands done, only to find ourselves at the end of our day feeling completely drained? And we are only getting busier day by day. Our list of workload or commitments is growing, but we feel like we are empty.
When was the last time you were stressed out ? Most of you might be stressed right now; maybe you were on your way to work, running late and stuck into the traffic or you are at your home paying your monthly bills or you are watching any show, your heart races, your palms get sweaty, your stomach jumps to your throat. We experience these body sensations so often that we don’t even see the difference now. Unfortunately, the big industry of self-care doesn’t want you to think that self-care is an easy practice. There’s this myth that’s said by Instagram posts countless advertisements that self-care is a spa day, pedicures or Prosecco, a weekend long Netflix binge. All these indulgences are great, but they are not self-care.
What self care mean?
We are left chasing these perfect self-care experiences and they don’t really restore us. So we are left with the question–If that’s not self-care, then what is self-care? Self-care is deliberately taking care of your well-being; mental, emotional and physical health, through restorative activities. Self-care is a key to living a balanced life. Remember that it is a practice, it’s not about getting it right or having perfect self-care photos to upload to social media. No! It’s about showing up every day. What would be possible for you if you showed up for yourself ?
“If you celebrate your differentness, the world will, too. It believes exactly what you tell it—through the words you used to describe yourself, the actions you take to care for yourself, and the choices you make to express yourself. Tell the world you are a one-of-a-kind creation who came here to experience wonder and spread joy. Expect to be accommodated.”Victoria Moran
Here are some ways by which you can actually practice self-care and that may help you get out of your hectic lives and pay some attention to your own self-being.
Changing Your Diet
Does what you eat provide the energy you need to function? Do you take time to eat meals at work and do you take time to have snacks when your body requires intermittent food during the workday? Or do you just eat noodles and junk food at all! Self-care means adding favorite healthy foods into your everyday eating routine and planning to make sure you have adequate nutrition throughout your day. Have a rich vegetables and fruits rich diet and you eventually see that it will brighten up your health and will reduce your body intact with diseases such as diabetes and obesity.
Moments of Stillness and Silence
We are bombarded by noises every day, the TV, the radio, the traffic, our kids yelling at us, but the loudest voice of all is the voice inside our heads. We have roughly 60,000 thoughts a day and for some of us, 80% of those thoughts are negative. When we meditate and have moments of stillness and silence, it brings awareness to that internal voice and when we have that awareness, that’s when we can choose what thoughts are holding on to and which we want to let go of. We can also adjust the volume on how loud the internal voices can be.
Commit five minutes a day and slowly that internal voice or noise will get quieter and quieter. For a powerful meditation or stillness, practice is simply to be comfortable. You don’t need to sit in a straight back rigid chair, you can actually be comfortable on your couch.
“Solitude is where I place my chaos to rest and awaken my inner peace.”Nikki Rowe
Movement of Your Body
We all know exercise is good for us, but do we really know how good it is? Daily exercise can help you both physically and mentally, boosting your mood and reducing stress and anxiety, not to mention helping you shed extra weight. This could walk, running, dancing, yoga or jumping jacks. Our bodies are meant to move and when we move and exercise, it creates endorphins which first help us sleep which naturally reduces our stress and it also sends a positive feeling through the body that is like that of morphine.
You don’t need a fancy gym or trainer to do this (although they may help sometimes) and just ten minutes makes a difference so exercise daily, even if only ten minutes, you will definitely see what you are doing with yourself and you won’t regret making this your choice.
Time in Nature
Spending time outside can help you reduce stress, lower your blood pressure, and be more mindful. According to Environmental Psychology, time in nature will improve your mood, reduce stress, improve cognitive function and make us happy. The Environmental Protection Agency says that the average person spends 93% of their lives indoors. So we are left with this incredible opportunity to support our well-being simply by going outside. We are animals of nature and we live completely disconnected from our natural environment. We may go days, if not weeks, without our bare hands or feet touching the ground.
Therefore have some trips in your live. Enjoy spending time outside with your friends and family and all above, just Love yourself !