How often have we looked at women with good careers, great bodies, perfect hair, and happy relationships and wondered how they manage to achieve it all? It’s almost unreal, agreed, but do we try to fathom the kind of dedication and hard work it takes as well? Whether it’s a man or woman, unconditional support from family helps but what keeps one sane and grounded in the time one spends with and on self. Self-care is one of the most underrated motivators that can initiate the switch from average to savage!
Self-care is giving the word the best of you, instead of what’s left of you. ~ Katie Reed. I couldn’t agree more with this line. People deserve to know and meet our best version, why let them settle for anything less? My transformation journey is one of the biggest examples of how mental and physical transformation go hand in hand. It was and is a constant battle between wanting to go easy on myself and prioritising self-care over indulgences. However, I must highlight how my mental health has improved by leaps and bounds with it.
One doesn’t simply pick up weapons and head to war. It takes months of planning and preparation, right? Self-care is no different. All it takes is the intent to focus on self and conscious steps in the right direction. Call it an elaborate self-reclaiming activity, if you may.
Get moving and eat right
30 minutes of physical activity every day is sufficient to keep you healthy and happy. Walking, Yoga, aerobics, dancing or anything else that you enjoy doing is good. Make the most of this time by connecting with yourself. Good health also means consuming balanced homecooked meals, limiting caffeine, and avoiding packaged foods and drinks. Self-care begins with both these crucial points.
Prioritise and follow set goals
Many of us are often guilty of biting more than we chew. We over commit our time and then struggle to keep up with mounting workload. This can affect our performance and cause anxiety which is harmful for mental health. Prioritising is the best way to clear everything from your plate in time. Learn to say no and don’t repent it later. Also, don’t forget to pat yourself on the back for a job well done.
Practice relaxation and gratitude
From kids to senior citizens, stress spares no one. Online classes, lockdown, the fear of infections etc have made it worse over the last two years. Hence, relaxation and wellness techniques like meditation, breathing exercises etc are the best bet for self-care. There are many apps that can walk you through the process too. Practicing gratitude by counting your blessings or journaling also works wonders for mental health.
Give yourself a makeover
Mental health includes how, what and why we feel about ourselves. Its connection with physical appearance and vanity cannot be disregarded. If pampering yourself by going to the spa, colouring your hair with bright colours or dressing up in a chic dress makes you feel good, why not? Its liberating to choose to be different and you deserve the attention it brings. Don’t worry about what others will say. Go for it!
Negative thoughts and people suck happiness out of your life making you feel miserable. Identify, avoid them and consciously work on neutralising the effect they have on you. Light a diya, play with kids or read a book and surround yourself with positivity.
Self-care is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation. ~ Audrey Lorde. There is no bigger love and responsibility than the one we have towards ourselves. We exude what we feel. A happy person will always be a delight to be around and attract similar vibes. Spare some time for yourself, hang out with friends and enjoy the changes that come with time and age. One life, live it up!
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