Tips for better self-care
It can be difficult to make time for self-care in our busy schedules. We run from one commitment to another, filling every gap in our lives with work, study, family and social events. The chaos of modern life makes it even more important that we take the time to look after our individual well-being, both physical and mental.
If you’re struggling with your own self-care, consider these five tips to improve your habits.
1. Add self-care to your regular routine
When planning your weekly schedule, make sure you have time for self-care. By establishing its place in your routine, you’ll be more likely to take care of yourself because you’ve set aside time for it. The more often you practice self-care, the more it becomes a habit and part of your normal life.
2. Do what suits you
Self-care looks different for everyone. Some people love to be outside, others enjoy catching up with friends, and some people prefer to sit at home and lose themselves in a good book or movie. Identify what makes you feel better and go for it. Don’t feel pressured by what others consider self-care; long walks are not for everyone.
3. Practice Gratitude
Practicing gratitude regularly is a valuable habit and a valuable way to spend your allotted time for self-care. Take the time every day or week to write down three things you are grateful for. Try to think of unique things that happened that week, instead of repeating the same common things every time. It may be difficult at first, but the more you practice gratitude, the easier it will become. Regular participation in gratitude exercises trains your brain to be more grateful and positive about the things you have in your life, rather than focusing on the things you don’t have or things that aren’t going so well.
4. Be brave and try something new
Trying something new is a great way to break the monotony of everyday life. Your mental health will benefit and you will learn new skills both through the actual activity, but also by controlling your nerves and being open to new opportunities. It’s a great way to take care of your mental and, depending on the activity, physical health.
It’s time you made it a priority.