We live in a fast-paced world with many things to do. There is always something to do, a task to complete, or something new props up as soon as you consider stealing some me-time. As a woman, you are probably used to just putting everyone’s needs above yours and may have headed on a guilt-trip every time you have tried to make some time for yourself. Before you know it, time is passed, and it is not long before it is too late to start.
What is self-care and why is it important?
Self-care is our first line of defense for better physical, mental, and spiritual health. It can be taking a 5-minute walk in the park, surrounded by nature at its best, sunbathing, or a bubble bath, just applying a rose-clay mask. The list is endless. All you need to do is put yourself higher on your priority list.
It’s important to understand that self-care is not a luxury. It’s a basic need. The better we take care of ourselves, the better we will be at other things. It has the potential to maximize our productivity both at home and at work.
How to incorporate a self-care routine into your busy schedule:
Don’t compromise on sleep:
This is the most underrated part of self-care, but also the most important one. Our body needs a solid 7-9 hours of sleep. That said, you should also be sleeping well. Getting a good night’s sleep can help you feel rejuvenated. A well-rested person can focus their attention and perform efficiently.
Schedule self-care in your everyday routine:
Self-care takes only 20-30 minutes of your entire day. Take a mental note of this and remember it. Every day dedicate 20-30 mins to yourself, sans chores. If your face is prone to acne, get a cleanser for acne-prone skin and use it every other night, get a rose clay mask for yourself and use it every week. It’s not time-consuming at all but will certainly keep you fresh and glowing.
Take care of your skin:
Include your morning and night skincare routine in your self-care, you will not only be taking care of your skin but will also feel relaxed and have a happy countenance afterward. Remember to consult a doctor before you start a routine.
There are a lot of products in the market which can be confusing. Use a rose clay mask now and then to deep clean your pores. Indulge in serums, they’re known to give faster results.
Being a Debbie Downer will affect your mental and physical health. Reward yourself every time you accomplish something or complete a big task to keep yourself motivated.
Positive thinking always starts with self-talk. How you deal with the thoughts in your head will determine what you do in your life. Condition yourself to think the glass is half full, not half empty.
Go for a walk:
It is the world’s best workout for a reason. Not only does it have all the physical benefits of exercise, but also boosts your mental health and mood on an everyday basis. Cannot find the time to hit the gym/or can’t make changes to your schedule to incorporate a regular workout - a 10-minute brisk walk is your solution to get your endorphins going.
Do you have a hobby that gives you an immense sense of satisfaction? Indulge in it. After all, you only live once. Find the time to paint, draw or play an instrument. This will not only make you feel good but also help motivate you for tasks you are not so fond of.
Reduce the time you spend with your devices. Leave your work life at the door when you clock out. Once you get home, your only priority should be yourself. The time you spend scrolling through apps can be utilized towards self-care.
We can all use a break from the monotony of life. Social media can sometimes be overwhelming. Let’s face it, it is doing no good for our physical and mental health if used excessively. Dedicate your time to leaving in the now instead. Read a book, go for a run, teach yourself something new. Enjoy your life as is, not as it is portrayed on social media.
Eat healthy foods:
A lot of people equate healthy eating to diets, that’s a misconception. Healthy eating means giving the body what it needs to function properly. It’s all about the balance required to maintain a healthy life, both physically and mentally.
Include veggies and fruits on your plate and avoid processed food. It may look like a lucrative prospect, in light of saving time, but it does more harm than good in the long run.
The definition of self-care may differ from person to person. Find your preferences and listen to your inner voice. Whatever your definition is, without it, you are not going to be the best version of yourself. Taking baby steps will have a huge impact over time.