How to Self-Care
Updated: Aug 25
“Self-care” has become one of the trendiest buzzwords: We spend money on scented candles, facials treatments, matcha lattes, and yoga classes; meditation apps are as popular as the latest Netflix show; While all of these wellness movements are promoting important (and even revolutionary!) ideas in body positivity and health, I learned that self-care isn’t just about indulging in bubble baths or spa days; also comes from the inner side of your mental health state. Here are some ritual tips that you prioritise your self-care without spending a fortune.
No one is totally exempt from insecurities and pressure. That’s why we can (and should) all be working on more self-acceptance — acknowledging and embracing all aspects of oneself, including flaws and imperfections. It requires letting go of the idea of perfection and accepting that mistakes and failures are a natural part of the human experience. Self-acceptance is not about becoming complacent or settling for less than one deserves. Instead, it is about recognizing and accepting oneself as a complex and imperfect being while striving for growth and improvement.
Self-reflection is a great tool that we often don’t take the time to utilise, and journaling is a fantastic way to do that. Every morning or night before bed, take 5-10 minutes to write about your day, thoughts, feelings, things that you will never tell anyone about, what you are excited about your day, and what the goals you want to accomplish that day. Whatever comes to your mind, it will feel good to get rid of those thoughts and feelings out of your head, manage your anxiety level and reduce stress to improve your overall well-being.
Growing up we were often taught that being selfless is valued greater than being selfish. We’re supposed to give back to others, put others before ourselves, and make sacrifices for the good of other people. As important as it is to practise selflessness, however, learning how to prioritise yourself goes beyond self-care. With that means, it also applies to you needing to love yourself first. Spending more time doing what you love and letting go of the things that don't serve you is a great way to discover what truly matters in your life.
Try something new
There’s no doubt that the only way we grow is by getting outside of our comfort zone. These tips may be the hardest step for all of us, in the warmth of our comfort zone, life feels safe and familiar, finding the motivation to change is hard. But It could also be the most rewarding. Make a list of all the things you want to do “one day” like travelling alone, starting your own business or taking on a fitness challenge. Challenging yourself can help you perform at your highest version of yourself — encourages you to apply your personal untouched knowledge, skills and assets and helps you deal with uncertainty in life.
Self-care doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a commitment to yourself, It is something that we need to practise on a daily basis. Let these tips guide and motivate you to become the better version of ourselves. Some days may be easier than others, but know that you’re always on the path of growing into a more loving and forgiving version of yourself.