From eating right and pampering yourself to having good people around you, all comes under self care. Self care is the most important aspect of one’s living but yet so underrated.
From not having enough sleep to stressing over fights and surrounding yourself with wrong people, knowingly or unknowingly you are not behaving responsibly towards yourself. More than anything you do on daily basis, you yourself should be the priority. Even if you have big goals and dreams, working day and night without good food and good sleep is also not the way to do it. If you want it to work for the long run, you need to put yourself first before you put your career or relationships.
I am here with 5 self care tips to improve well being which will help you to take care of yourself even better. We ignore these small aspects and forget the consequences.
So let’s begin.
#1 Develop a regular sleep pattern
Developing a regular sleep pattern, so simple right? But difficult to practice for so many of us. I cannot emphasis enough on how important it is to have a good regular sleep pattern in your lifestyle. Sleep works as an antibiotic for stress. It improves memory, puts you in a better mood and helps your body to fight back. Very often you might have noticed that if you haven’t slept well the night before, your body is less energetic and you may also feel irritated sometimes.
Do not mess with your sleep patterns, to function well during the day, have a good 7-8 hours sleep at night. You will see the difference within a week. This is the least you could do to care for yourself.
#2 Engage with a non work hobby
Having busy schedules, we rarely make it a point to spend time with ourselves. It is the most important thing to do and the best way to do this is by engaging yourself in a non work hobby. When you engage yourself with an activity which you love doing, it generates a feeling of satisfaction and peace. You not only enjoy doing it but it will also boost your mood and you will be able to perform better on other activities you need to do throughout your day.
You feel happy that at least from 24 hours a day, you are able to spend an hour on something you love doing.
#3 Develop friendships that are supportive
Good friendships are rare but a life changing element. It is absolutely a privilege if you are surrounded by friends who are supportive, who believe in you and your capabilities, who are there in your toughest times to support and stand by you no matter what. Having right kind of people around you have a great impact on your mental health and also your entire life becomes better.
If you have a good job, a good house, a loving family and still you are making space for some people and calling them your friends, just make sure they are adding more value to your life than you currently have. Otherwise, it is not worth it.
If instead of supporting you and being with you, they are making fun of you and giving you unnecessary stress, you better stay away from them. Developing friendships that are supportive and giving yourself a right kind of environment is the best thing you can do
#4 Engage in reflection practices like meditation or journal writing
Self reflection is the life changing habit. It is so important to have a few minutes from the day to know how you felt about your day, what is it that troubled you, what are the things you are grateful for, what made you feel worst today and so much more. Instead of waiting for someone else to come and ask you how you are, step forward and care for yourself. Talk to yourself, figure out things.
Most of the time we feel confused because we don’t really know what is going in our head. You need to reflect to have a clear idea of what exactly is happening with you.
Question yourself often, people use meditation and journal writing as a method of reflection. I personally prefer journal writing because I love doing it. You can choose whichever method you are comfortable with. It will make your mind clutter free and you will experience more concentrated and happy life.
Make introspection a habit and thank me later!
#5 Set boundaries, learn to say ‘NO’
How often we say yes to things we don’t want to do? Just because saying ‘NO’ seems so difficult we opt for compromising with ourselves for the sake of others. Is it even worth?
Do not say ‘YES’ until and unless you really want to. Never put anything and everything before your own self. How you feel is much more important than what they think.
If you are someone who struggles to say NO, read my detailed blog on this. It will help you for sure. https://missmansi.com/learn-to-say-no/
That’s all for today! I hope you find it useful. Feel free to connect if you are facing any issue regarding lifestyle, productivity, self love or emotional suffering.
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