For lots of people when they think of self-care they imagine a group of girls getting together for a sleepover and putting on face masks and doing their nails. And although certain elements of that image may be true. Self-care is actually a very important thing for anyone, any gender. It can have a huge impact on your emotional, physical, and even mental health.
So how do you begin creating a self-care routine?
Firstly, although we all live busy lives and it may be necessary to schedule some time to try not to put too much pressure on it. It can take the fun and relaxing element out of self-care time which is the whole point. Make sure you are in the mood for it and be okay with rescheduling time with yourself if you’re not really in the mental place to be able to unwind and relax.
Once you have scheduled your time and ready to commit to it, try to focus on staying present in the moment. The means focusing that when you are doing your activity and your mind begins to wander, you do what you can to bring the focus back. This will also strengthen your ability to practice mindfulness and can help in various other aspects of life.
Some Examples of Self-Care Activities
- Reading a book
- Practicing Yoga
- Listening to podcasts or your favorite music
- Going for a walk outside
- Journaling or drawing
- Dance class/ workout class
These are just a few but essentially it is a hobby that is solely for you. To spend time with yourself.
Some Benefits of Practicing Self-Care?
- Increased sense of self-awareness
- Higher self-esteem
- Feeling of empowerment
- Weight loss
- Increased productivity in other aspects of life
- Improved health and wellbeing
So why not give it a go! Start making a list of some things you would like to try out. And again, don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Maybe just commit to one hour a week to start with and we assure you, you will immediately start to see the positive impact it will have on your life.