Self Care and How to Maintain It
Updated: Feb 23, 2020
What is self care?
Self Care is activities and things we do to health our mental, emotional and physical health.
The goal is to improve your mood while also reducing stress and anxiety while also maintaining a good relationship with others and yourself. While making a self care routine you have to figure out your routine, what you like to do, what calms you, what re-energizes you, etc. For better relaxation be sure to make a routine and be committed to it.
Create a list of things that you shouldn't do anymore and things you need to stop doing so that you can create better habits and have a healthier lifestyle.
Healthy eating can help, no I'm not talking about just eating salads all the time. Make and try new foods use apps like "Tasty" if you need ideas on good recipes.
Getting enough sleep is also the key to self care. I don't know about you guys, but when I don't get my full 8 hours of sleep, I tend to be crabby. Sleep is also part of your health because you can't focus if you're tired and dozing off. To improve your mood, work out because it increases your serotonin levels which boost up your mood along with your energy, but do workouts that you want to do so that you can enjoy it more. Practicing meditation and relaxation are also key to a calm and relaxed mind. Look up yoga poses, do some stretches, light some nice smelling candles and enjoy the time by yourself. You can always read, listen to calming sounds, draw or spend time with your loved ones.
There's no such thing as a 'bad day', it's just a bad moment of your day. You can always fix it by doing something to take your mind off of the situation. Don't dwell on the past, it'll only make you more upset and then you'll really have a bad day. Instead of thinking about the things that went wrong in your day, first take a deep breath and think of ways to fix it. Then, meditate and do something that you like to do to take your mind off of the issue. Once you're in a good mood again, continue on with your day. It'll be like nothing ever happened.
KNOW YOUR LIMITS! Know what you can and can't do and what you can and can't handle. Some of us try to do too many things all at the same time and that's what ends up causing us too much stress. If we make an agenda for the things we're going to do for different days, it'll not only keep us organized, but it'll keep us from being frazzled and scatter brained because we're trying to cram everything we want to do it one day or at one time.
If you have more questions about self care and ways to maintain it or have suggestions about other things you want me to right about, feel free to leave a comment!