Gone are the days when self-care used to be referred to as physical care only. The term has evolved incredibly over the years and now includes emotional, mental and spiritual attributes, along with physical well-being. People who are more driven to perform self-care practices have been found to be more content and happier.
Self-care refers to the continuous efforts of an individual towards achieving a healthy relationship with oneself. It is an active choice to reduce anxiety and attain mindfulness. Psychotherapist, Ashley Thorn defines self-care as performing healthy activities in any aspects of your life, that fill your cup and make you feel focused, calm, happy, and true to yourself.
There are a few unconventional and easy ways to cultivate wellness within our minds and body:
Practice Self Compassion:
It is totally fine to make mistakes and learn from them, without getting caught in self-criticism and doubts. Remind yourself to be kind and try again.
Entertain Your Emotions (Including Anger, Sorrow and Overwhelm):
Identify your emotions and allow yourself to feel them. Understanding what you are feeling is the first step to get through them.
Know who and what is more important, and should be done first. Scheduling tasks and prioritizing beforehand saves a lot of head space and brings more mindfulness to our daily tasks.
Decide where and when you need to say ‘no’, and stick to it consistently. Likewise, respect and be mindful of the boundaries of others.
Meditate and Exercise:
Include any relaxation exercise in your lifestyle and unwind yourself from everyday strain.
Self-care is said to be the key to live a healthy, well-balanced life. It is essential to fill our vessels by continuously practicing self-care which refuel us and help in extending fulfilling relationships with our surrounding as well.