Why is self-care essential for our emotional, mental and physical well-being?
You may have seen many bloggers and influencers showing the importance of self-care in their daily routine, but is it as important as they really say?
I believe that self-care is an important part of your day.
Healthline had found that 40% of people said that self-care is only for those who have enough time, but this is so far from being true.
Anyone can fit time for self-care in their routine, but you will need to make time for self-care, by creating a schedule which operates around the most important time in your day.
Adding self-care into your routine can improve your massively. If we don’t spend time to look after ourselves, then we wouldn’t have the energy or motivation to complete the tasks we set every day.
So, in this post, I will be sharing with you 5 self-care steps I have placed into my routine.
What are the different types of self-care?
There are many aspects of self-care which you can add to your routine. These include:
· Intellectual- reading a non-fiction book and taking a master class.
· Physical- Walking and sleep.
· Emotional- Stress management and gratitude.
· Spiritual- Yoga and meditation.
· Work- Time management and Learning.
· Social- having a support system and having a positive social media feed.
Now that I have covered the different types of self-care, here are 5 ways of practising self-care into your daily routine.
Digital detox is becoming something which many people are beginning to adopt into their self-care routine.
A digital detox involves you spending time away from the digital world of social media and the internet.
By adding digital detox into your routine, it allows you to think more consciously about your internal thoughts and feelings, rather than being distracted by the worries of the digital world.
By giving twenty to forty minutes to yourself in the morning and evening, you are more likely to focus on the other aspects of your self-care, such as reading and painting, as well as concentrating on important daily tasks which need to be done.
You may be thinking, why is time management a part of my self-care routine?
But there is a general reason why I have added it to the list.
Time management is essential to your self-care routine because it allows you to think more wisely about how you plan your time throughout the week.
Have you had that voice in your head which makes you guilty of having time to yourself?
I found that planning your time will turn the feeling of guilt into productivity and happiness.
Also, by allocating priorities into blocks, such as your work, family life and social activities, you will then be able to spend up to 14 hours a week (2 hours per day) dedicated to your self-care routine.
This is somewhat a realistic time since you have, on average 6-8 hours of sleep, then you spend a maximum of 8 hours at work (well for most people).
By tracking your time, this will ensure that you set time for self-care throughout your week.
Everyone has a creative side.
Whether that is digital art, photography or painting.
It should be something that you have a passion for, and that you are happy with taking a significant proportion of your self-care routine.
Personally, painting and dance is something which I have added into my self-care routine. Using your creativity becomes an escape of the worries and negative thoughts of reality; helping you to focus less on your internal thinking and more about the art itself.
That’s why I encourage you to find a use of your creative side. If you are unsure, then you can find classes online which can spark off your creative side.
Learning A Language
By adding language learning into your self-care, it covers two types of self-care, which is personal and intellectual.
At first, you may be daunted from the thought of learning a language, but this can give you some many improvements to your health and well-being.
This is because language learning not only sharpens your mind, but it enables you to use your creative side.
I love adding language learning into my self-care routine since it’s something which I have a passion for. Still, if you’re not sure with where to start, this can be
simply you listening to a language learning audiobook or doing a Duolingo lesson. It doesn’t have to be anything hard.
Now, for the final self-care practise journaling !
Journaling is something which many people struggle with getting into. I have had my fair share of attempts in starting a
journal, but journaling should be something that you are excited in doing.
Your journaling experience doesn’t have to start with you giving up in the beginning. Instead, I would suggest that you begin to incorporate journaling into your daily self-care routine, by journaling every other day. By doing this, it will not overwhelm you, and you will get into the habit of doing it.
There are so many benefits of journaling. This includes dumping all of your negative thoughts onto paper, then reflecting on what had caused you to feel that way today.
I would encourage you to start, even if it means you are doing it every week.
Now that it is the end of the post, you have been given more self-care practising which you can add to your self-care routine. ‘Remember, self-care does not make time for you, you have to make time for self-care yourself.’
Now that you have read the 5 different self-care practises, do you have any more self-care practises to add? Comment down below.
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