In the previous two posts, we’ve looked at why self-care is a vital aspect of a healthy, fulfilling life, and twenty simple ways to practice it on a daily basis.
Taking time to care for our self allows you to be most effective in caring for others. It gives us energy, high self-esteem and good self-confidence. Self-care leads to self-love, and it’s important to have compassion for our self before trying to have love for others.
Although a lot of us are mired with responsibilities—raising children, fulfilling family obligations, and satisfying work commitments—we must remember to look after ourselves. When we are sound in body and mind, we can better take on nearly anything.
It can be difficult to even consider taking a walk through the neighborhood or having a soak in the bath when your children need you, your family is beckoning, or your job wants to consume all of your time, but it’s important to take time for yourself. It is not selfish, it’s self-love.
Our needs are important, and people we care about need to understand that. Looking after of our self-conveys to others that we value our self, and in turn, that we value others.
To conclude the series on self-care, what follows are the last ten of thirty tips for practicing self-care:
- Learn mindfulness. Find a spiritual practice that centers you and helps you feel calm.
- If there’s nothing around that makes you laugh organically, forcing yourself to laugh will almost always result in genuine laughter, especially if you do it in front of a friend. I love watching cartoon show, comedy central, puppy/kitten or baby videos every now & then.
- Teach someone a skill. Pass on your knowledge to your child, a student, a friend, a family member, or a colleague. Research shows that when we help someone, both sides benefit.
- Use a soothing product. Slather any non comedogenic lotion on your skin, infuse a deep-clean treatment into your hair, or apply cream to your dry hands and your cracked feet. My all-time favorite grandma’s suggestion- dab organic milk with cotton ball on your face, let it dry for 10 minutes and simply wash it with plain water. The skin cleanses deeply and becomes baby soft!
- Indulge in something sweet. It’s okay to treat yourself to dessert every now and then, as long as you practice moderation. Also, every few months detox your body.
- Get a massage. A professional masseuse can work wonders for your stiff neck, your sore back, or your tense shoulders, which can in turn put your mind more at ease.
- Dance/Sing. Put on your favorite tunes and bust a move with or without anyone. The endorphins and blood pumping throughout your body will energize and revitalize you.
- Comfort your body. Peruse your closet for something soft, made of natural fiber like cotton, warm, or cool; slip it on and relax.
- Take a trip. Even if you lack time/funds for an overseas adventure or a short hop to another state, you can spend a few days exploring new areas of your local surroundings.
- Do whatever makes you happy. As long as your greatest joy does not harm you or anyone, do it as fervently and as often as you can.
Self-care is about listening to your needs and desires and then acting on them. It’s about being honest with yourself and knowing yourself. It’s about asking others to acknowledge your dreams, your goals, and your wishes. When you work on taking care of yourself, you can be a better parent, spouse, boss, employee, and friend.
Today, I feel not taking care of our self is not an option!!