There are million ways to practice self-care, and we can be overwhelmed or confused by writers telling different tips for self-care. It is important to note that there is no absolutely right or wrong way to practice self-care. We need to find what works for each of us on our own, based on our personal traits, lifestyles etc.
Your body is different from mine. Some of us want to talk about our feelings to relieve stress, while others want to do exercises to relieve stress. Some of us need 10 hours of sleep to feel rested, while others can carry on with their lives with merely 4 hours of sleep.
Make sure to sleep.
Sleeping is very important. Adults on average need 7 to 8 hours of sleep every day. Lack of sleep makes us tired, and difficult to focus. It is also important to limit the intake of caffeine and sugar, as well as the use of our phone at night to get to sleep better.
Move your body. Do exercises.
Exercises make us feel motivated and less stressful. We do not have to go to the gym to get our exercises done. We can go for a walk or run in our neighbourhood for 30 minutes or follow workout videos at home. Explore different workout routines or exercises and find out what we like the most.
What we eat also plays an important role in maintaining our well-being. If we eat more junk food or sweets and less vegetables, our body will react accordingly. Cook more at home and stay away from packaged food because we can observe what is going into our body.
Remember to say no.
It is difficult to say no to plans with our friends or cancel our plans. But sometimes it is very important to say no to people around us as well as activities we prefer not to do, and dedicate that time to wind down.
Turn off your phone and laptop and read something or clean your place. Go for a walk instead of spending hours doing homework. Stop scrolling through social media.
It is important to take conscious breaks as well. Not having enough breaks can lead to emotional and physical burnouts and mental breakdowns.
Messy places, messy minds. The messier our minds are, the more stressful we feel.
Clean your room and declutter. When you know what you have in your room or fridge, you have better ideas about what you want to get when you go out for shopping. You don’t have to panic because you cannot find your keys if your room is organized enough.
Use your calendar and reminders more. Mark important dates such as due dates for your assignments, exams, and doctor’s appointment. Use them to plan your days and weeks accordingly; remember to mark some time off.
Let emotions out.
Watch movies or TV shows that make you cry and/or laugh. Express yourself through writing, painting or singing. If you feel comfortable, talk to your family, friends, colleagues or someone else you trust and let everything out. The more we hold onto our emotions, the more we feel overwhelmed. Remember to let loose.
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