Self-care sounds like a no-brainer. Why wouldn’t we care for ourselves? That’s because, while self-care is a popular topic, it’s rarely explained thoroughly. Self-care is more than eating healthy and having proper hygiene, though those are components and important ones. The concept really boils down to making your mental and physical health a priority.
Once you get the whole picture, you’d be surprised what essential elements of self-care you’re neglecting. Broadly defining self-care is difficult because it’s a subjective experience. What works for one person may not have any effect on another. However, there are categories that everyone can engage with in a way that is meaningful to them. Here are three crucial self-care tasks you can take on today.
Many people wait to press the pause button that allows them to enjoy a little rest and relaxation until a long weekend or a beachside vacation. A key component of self-care, rest and relaxation should be at the top of your daily to-do list. While your monthly massage definitely counts, R&R can easily be peppered into your day-to-day routine by:
People often get stagnant, stuck in the same old routines that can make life feel like you’re simply treading water. Trying something new is a self-care technique that ignites our passion or life. Even something as simple as trying a new recipe, taking a different route to work, or rearranging your furniture can have a positive impact. However, if you really want to inject some spirit into your life, try:
Reduce stress in and outside your home
Our lives are filled with stress; no one living in our modern society can escape it. For some people, stress is something they shake off during a hard workout, like Spin class or running. Others, like people with mental health concerns or who are in addiction recovery, have a more fragile relationship with stress. For them, stress management is vital to reducing or eliminating dangerous triggers. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the frustration, anger and fear that comes with stress. You can improve the way you manage stress by:
Just like any new habit, practice makes perfect. You may not get to all your self-care goals every day, but keep at it until it becomes a regular part of your life, as important and automatic as going to work or washing the dishes. Self-care is a simple, yet often overlooked, primary ingredient to our overall well-being. Pick two or three goals and work on them one day at a time to see lifelong results.
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