Are you sitting in the office way past your working hours, trying to get something urgent done to meet deadlines? Well, we can relate! And while it's nice to be ambitious and hardworking, we often miss out on something very important in the process; our well-being. While we are spearheading through life, certain practices help us gather calmness and composure. All we are trying to say is, don't miss out on morning meditation because you will be late for work, don't cancel yoga classes to attend a social event you're already dreading. Choose yourself and your health; physical and mental, so that you excel in all spheres of life.
So, what Is Self-Care?
We're all coping with a roadrunner's form of living, where there's a chance of missing out on opportunities even when we blink. In the process, we keep self-care on the back burner because that doesn't come with deadlines, and therefore, it can wait. Well, the fact of the matter is that no matter how jam-packed your calendar is, you should take the liberty of being indulgent at times and take out some me-time.
Self-love is a new concept, and many people haven't embraced it yet. Self-care is a page out of the self-love guide. It is all about promoting health, preventing diseases, coping with illness, and enhancing your overall well-being as a part of your daily lifestyle. This blog will explore some self-care practices to improve your quality of life.
1. Your sleep Cannot Be Compromised
Your eyes are already doing a lot for you while constantly taking up the glare from computers and mobile phones. They need at least 7 to 8 hours of rest time. Besides, sleep has major implications on one's mental and physical health. So if you aren't sleeping well, chances are your hormones are going haywire, and your brain is overworking. Give your body a break by having a proper sleep cycle, where you have at least 7 hours of shuteye.
2. Exercise Everyday
This might come across as cliché, but it is crucial that you include exercise in your to-do list every day. Mind you, walking is not exercise. Yoga, dancing, running, cardio, Pilates, swimming, all of these are a form of exercise, so be sure to incorporate them into your daily routine. Self-care includes not just mental health but physical health as well. And no, you are not expected to do this because you have to fit into the social standards where size decides how beautiful you are; you are doing this to condition and improve what your body can do for you.
3. Stress Management
Easier said than done, but stress management is absolutely crucial for those of you who want to maintain a semblance of sanity in your lives. Constant stress and anxiety can rob you of your peace of mind; therefore, it will be best to include practices like meditation, mindfulness, eating right, spending time with a loved one as a part of your daily activities. It will help balance out your stress and help you cope with it much better.
4. Try And Have A Work-Life Balance
Most of us don't address this elephant in the room, where work-life balance can help solve a lot of our underlying issues. While being a workaholic is a term often glorified, being overworked can deteriorate your potentialities. Working more than you should, reduces your overall productivity makes you disorganized and emotionally depleted. In contrast, while it can be difficult to draw out a perfectly symmetrical work vs. life schedule; it's important to start somewhere. Set boundaries, take intermittent breaks, and don't overextend yourself. This will help you stay sharp and motivated.
Some Must-Have Self-Care Essentials That Will Help You De-Stress
While you are making some positive changes in your life, be sure to include these self-care-promoting items to enhance your experiences.
1. Herbal Teas
Instead of opting for a strong coffee in the morning that will keep you buzzing and jittery throughout the day, try a herbal tea that gives you a slow release of caffeine so that you are energized all day long. B2
2. Try An Essential Oils Diffuser
Light up a diffuser with some essential oils on your working desk to create a calm, zen aura. Try using Jasmine, Lavender, citronella, sandalwood, rose, or lemongrass essential oil, and you will notice an instant upliftment in your mood. It will also help in improving productivity.
3. Face Masks
Not only can face masks add to your beauty, but they are a great way of pampering your skin. It will help add a boost to your beauty routine and self-care sessions. Include face masks in your night-time beauty care routine or during your weekend spa sessions before heading out for a party.
4. Yoga Mat
If you want to do something for your physical or mental well-being, then be sure to include Yoga in your daily regime. This will ensure that you stay fit and have a composed mind throughout the day. Get hold of a comfortable and bright yoga mat that will cushion your body while you are busy exercising.
5. Automated Foot Spa Machine
While this may not be a budget buy, your feet will thank you for it! Our feet go through a lot, they carry our weight, live within closed shoes throughout the day, and absorb all the shock that our body receives while we trip or walk on erratic roads. Your feet deserve a nice foot spa at the end of the day, so get hold of a spa machine, and start the TLC sessions.
6. Cleanser, Toner, Moisturizer
Whether you are a man or a woman, your skin will take a hit if you don't make time for your well-being. While it is important to eat right, sleep well and have a good exercise routine, topical application of skincare products will also help in enhancing your overall appearance. Try using skincare infused with Vitamin C as it combats the free radicals in the environment. It helps in adding glow to the skin while reducing skin discoloration.
We must incorporate self-care practices into our daily routine. Please don't put it off for the weekend. If you choose your well-being every day, your body will definitely thank you for it. You will notice an increase in your productivity and peace of mind.
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