6 Ways to Start Self-Care

“Self-care is how you take your power back.”– Lalah Delia

Stop right there. Come on, just for a minute. Take a deep breath.

Now, take a few seconds to look at yourself.

Stop right there. Come on, just for a minute. Take a deep breath.

Now, take a few seconds to look at yourself.

When was the last time you had complete sleep? Did you manage to at least drink water today?

When there’s too much to be done, so much space in your shoe to fill in, and too many expectations to meet, it’s time to take a pause and check on yourself.

Why Self Care Really, Really Matters

Many among us think that they are taking care of themselves, but few can really answer the question, “to what extent?” 

Long hours at work, stagnant wages, and high pressure to meet expectations makes younger generations feel that they are burnt out, isolated. With

heavy reliance on technology, it’s also not strange that younger generations tend to neglect interpersonal relationships. 

When was the last time you had complete sleep? Did you manage to at least drink water today?

When there’s too much to be done, so much space in your shoe to fill in, and too many expectations to meet, it’s time to take a pause and check on yourself.

Why Self Care Really, Really Matters

Many among us think that they are taking care of themselves, but few can really answer the question, “to what extent?” 

Long hours at work, stagnant wages, and high pressure to meet expectations makes younger generations feel that they are burnt out, isolated. With heavy reliance on technology, it’s also not strange that younger generations tend to neglect interpersonal relationships.

According to Pew Research Center, 13% of teens in 2017 reported having experienced at least one major depressive episode in the past year. A decade ago, in 2007, that number was just 8%. The suicide rate among people aged 10 to 24 increased 56% between 2007 and 2017.

We can take the power back.

The 6 easiest ways to care for yourself

Do you know that people who love themselves are the ones who tend to make healthy life decisions? Yes, self-care is the secret sauce of living a balanced life. 

And yes, we need to care for ourselves first before we can nurture others and fight the good fight.

1. Eat mindfully and healthily.

Take the time to eat right. Treat yourself to something really nice and avoid multitasking while having your meals. Think of it like having a romantic dinner with yourself - you really wouldn’t want to keep looking at your phone while dining with someone you like, would you? Let go of distractions while you nourish yourself.

2. Do something creative.

If you used to paint or make music but dropped these activities because you’re busy with work or school, it’s about time that you pick up the paintbrush or the guitar once again. Art is a healthy outlet for expressing yourself and practicing mindfulness.

3. Do something physical.

Get out there and MOVE. Run. Go to the gym. Take boxing. Go out for a leisurely walk. Anything. Do yourself a favor and stop sitting for hours in front of the computer. Pro tip: taking a break and releasing endorphins will actually make you think better and more productive the moment you get back to work.

4. Keep things cozy.

You have probably neglected your room and you probably didn’t notice that you haven’t swept the floor in, like, forever. Treat your mind and body with some respect - you wouldn’t really want to see anyone you love live in a dirty hole. Unleash your inner Marie Kondo and create a comfortable and clean space without the clutter. Yep, let go of the things that don’t spark joy.

5. Learn to say No.

We’re all guilty of this one - we all think we’re Superman that can save Metropolis. However, we cannot do things right if we keep adding another task to our plate. Never say yes to anything that will take away time from your sleep. Say no to things that prevent you from doing your set priorities.

Not everything is a priority. Learning to say no to others means doing more things for yourself.

6. Express gratitude and keep track of your accomplishments.

You are always good at something. You always have the opportunity to become better. Finished a task? Treat yourself to something. Got a promotion or overcame a problem? Celebrate! Learned something new today? Take it to a joyful test drive.

This is the secret to thriving: enjoying things that you do, and knowing that your success is worth celebrating. 

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