Self Care Habits to Start ASAP

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WHO defines self-care as “the ability of individuals, families, and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and to cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a healthcare provider”. Essentially, the term describes a conscious act a person takes to promote their own physical, mental, and emotional health. Specific forms of self-care have also been linked to different health and wellness benefits, including a longer life.

Self Care

types of self-care

There are quite a few types of self-care and each one is important.

Physical Self-Care: We know that we need to take care of our bodies to maintain our overall health and well-being. These are things like getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, and physical activity, both of which have been proven to have a positive impact on our mental health as well as our physical health.

Mental Self-Care: what you think about greatly influences your psychological well-being. If we are constantly thinking negative thoughts we are unhappy and unfulfilled. Being kind to yourself and practicing self-acceptance and self-compassion is key to mental self-care, and so is manifesting.

Social Self-Care: We know that humans need interaction with others it’s essential. In recent years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this has become very difficult for people and our mental health as a collective has suffered. Spending time around positive people and people you love is a form of self-care.

Emotional Self-Care: Emotional self-care may include activities that help you acknowledge and express your feelings regularly and safely. We must know to how healthily cope with difficult emotions like anger, grief, and sadness. This could be taking you to a therapist to help you work through certain feelings.

Spiritual Self Care: This can but doesn’t have to involve religion, spiritual practices can help enrich our lives.

benefits of self-care

  • Helps improve overall happiness
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Helps increase energy
  • Reduces depression
  • Decreases burnout
  • Prevents disease

Be a more mindful consumer

I am guilty of rushing to Zara to buy the latest trend only for it to sit in the back of my closet with the tags still on. This year I am really going to be mindful with my purchases- my motto is quality over quantity and classic not trendy. Not only is this more environmentally conscious your wallet will Thank you too.

Get a skincare routine

Glowing skin is always in style. It’s time to create a killer AM and PM skincare routine and stick to it. If you have the money going to see a skincare expert can be a great place to start, they can help determine your skin type and address any skincare concerns.

Start Stretching

Most of us are sitting at a computer for hours a day which is so bad for our bodies, and I’m guilty of this as well. A 10-15 minute stretching routine in the morning starts the day off right. There are lots of routines on YouTube to try!

Write in a Journal

Journaling is something that I want to start this year. It allows us to reflect on how we are feeling and what we are grateful for. I love the Five Minute Journal it’s super quick with some great prompts.

Talk to yourself nicely

It’s true what they say is that we are our own worst critics, and our inner voice can be harsh. Try to change the way you talk to and about yourself, and focus on being positive and kind- you are trying your best. Stop yourself when you notice that you are being critical.

Cook A Favourite Recipe

Turn on Netflix, pour yourself a glass of wine, and make your favorite recipe. It doesn’t have to be fancy- maybe just a simple pasta but something that you really enjoy. Don’t count calories or scold yourself for a second helping. Really enjoy the meal!

Read a Good Book

This is a favorite of mine, you can leave your world behind and escape to a new one. Over the pandemic, I started a book club and we read one book a month!

Make Your Home Cozy

I am a firm believer that our surroundings influence our mindset. Since the pandemic, we all have been spending a lot more time at home so all the more reason for us to make it a place we love. You could start by picking a room to update, adding a new coat of paint, some artwork you love, and a cozy blanket can make a huge difference.

Disconnect for a Day from Social Media

Social media connects us but it can also hurt our mental state. We scroll through and see perfect pictures and a highlight reel and wonder why our lives are so crappy. Shut off your notifications and take the day to relax- oh and let's stop comparing our lives to others this only brings us down. When you get back on social purge all the people you follow and only follow people who inspire you and make you feel good.

Create a Vision Board

This is something I did for the first time this year and I’m hooked! It can be a therapeutic exercise to in-vision your goals and create a positive mindset. You could do a vision board for the month or even a year!