Self-care, as the name suggests, is taking care of one’s body and mind. The concept of self-care is fast changing from being that of ‘feel-good’ to what is actually good for your well-being. In a way, self-care can also be termed as self-discipline which requires an understanding of your priorities and to act accordingly.
Here are a few steps that can help you to relax and also prepare you for the tensions of a demanding and tiring busy life.
1. Engage in exercise
As most of us are predominantly glued to our chairs during our working hours, a fitness break in the form of 15-20 minute walk, jog, yoga practice, or light exercise can do wonders to relax the body.
2. Start journaling
Documenting good memories and achievements, putting your personal as well as professional goals on paper, and writing down your fears and concerns rather than keeping them to yourself can help you de-stress. It also motivates to move on with life positively.
3. Set your priorities right
Focusing on the things which give you a feeling of contentment and spending your leisure time, money, and effort in activities that help you unwind, add value to your life. Plan a holiday trip to explore a new place, catch up on your beauty sleep, or spend some quiet time with your own self – just make yourself a priority, whichever way.
4. Laugh often
As the popular saying goes “Laughter is the best medicine”, you should not let go any opportunity to have a hearty laugh.
5. Detach from social media
In recent years social media has invaded our personal lives to the extent that it has become an addiction and a major cause for undue stress. Try to detach yourself from other people’s lives on social media for a day or two to focus on yours. This will definitely help you to unwind and refocus on your own goals.
6. Be a happier 'you'
Be kinder to yourself, and you’d find yourself smiling a little more often, and your heart would feel lighter, happier. Once you're calm and stress-free, it will aid in boosting your immunity and reducing the frequency and intensity of everyday illnesses such as common cold or upset stomach.
It’s very important to remind yourself that you have only one life, and prioritizing yourself is not an indulgence, but a necessity. Your motivated thinking and positive attitude about life will only amplify your confidence to take on the challenges of life. So, take a good care of yourself, you deserve it!
Dr. Aalok Makker is an Ayurveda Specialist. He holds an extensive experience of more than 15 years in Ayurveda and Medical Writing. He is an ardent writer having expertise in writing articles and blogs for various consumer health platforms.
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