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13 May 2020 | 4 min read

Simple Tips For Self-Care – Here Is How To Prioritize 

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The term burnout has become a commonplace thing these days. In Instagram’s micromanaged world of hustling culture, it might feel like a necessity to be productive and churning money 24*7. But here is the good news, it isn’t! And you don’t have to tire yourself to the point of exhaustion, especially if it comes at the cost of your well-being. In any case, success is subjective, and you won’t have the energy or mental wellness to celebrate success if you are not taking care of yourself. 

Thus, whether you are a self-proclaimed workaholic or a person who is taking things slow in this pandemic, learn to put yourself first. There are simple and easy ways you can prioritize self-care. Yes, it is self-indulgent, but it is never selfish to put your mental health above everything else in your life. To put it mildly, self-care and selfishness are two different things. The latter is thinking the entire world revolves around you while the former is a step towards including yourself in the process of taking care of other people. 

As long as you are not jeopardizing your and anyone’s mental peace, it is always good to take care of yourself. Here’s how! 

For The Mind

  • Work on your anxiety and over-ridden mind. No, the trick is not to busy yourself with work. Someday you will have to sit with your thoughts and be comfortable with them. Whatever is it that you are anxious about, make it a point to address those issues every once in a while. 
  • Step out and be amidst nature. While the lockdown may prevent you from going out, but stepping out into your balcony and terrace might also suffice. Raise your head and watch the beautiful blue sky and those cotton-candy clouds. It will make a lot of difference. And if you are not a cloud-watching type of person, go for sunsets and sunrise. Accompanied by a hot beverage, it always helps in calming the mind. 
  • Strike off a lurker (an activity or task) that you have been putting off for ages. Do it today, and see how that makes you feel. 
  • Get in the habit of journaling. You can either jot down one good thing that happened to you a day or document all the compliments people give you. You can look back on them from time to time when you are feeling down in the dumps. 
  • Include a mini-meditation sesh in your daily routine – just five minutes of pausing and paying attention to yourself. 

For Your Soul

  • Unplug from social media and technology for a day or two. It is even better if you can take these breaks frequently. With an overload of information clogging our minds, it certainly is not nourishing our soul. Instead, read a good book and feel the grass under your feet. 
  • Practice self-compassion. We are all taught to be compassionate of people we meet, but being sympathetic to your self is also essential. Whatever you decide to do for yourself, you must make it a priority instead of putting it off for later. You won’t do that to commitments made to other people than why with yourself? 
  • Help someone in your life. It doesn’t have to be your closest friend or family, just a stranger. Be kind, open a door for someone, pick up groceries for someone who needs help with it, or make a small donation. Any small act of kindness goes a long way. 
  • Remember those hobbies you had as kids. Whether it was arts and craft, dance or painting, whatever it was that kept you occupied for hours without a care in the world, pick it up again and spend at least an hour or two every day. 
  • Stay away from mindless gossip and chatter. We all know we sometimes get sucked in this loop or start the same. It is not nourishing your mind or soul in any way. It is a cause of stress and increases anxiety, and besides, what is the point of inviting negativity in your life? 

For Your Body

  • Take time to exercise daily – it is essential for both your physical and mental health. Move a little. Your body deserves and loves to be pampered. And the best way to do that is by exercising a little. Moreover, the release of endorphins {happy hormones} will instantly cheer you up. 
  • Switch to healthy alternatives in your diet. No, you don’t have to starve yourself. Start with a couple of veggies in at least one meal a day and keep increasing your intake of healthy food week by week. Also, make it a point to keep yourself hydrated. 
  • Every once in a while, put on your favorite music and dance it out. Either with your friends or alone, just groove to upbeat music for an hour or so. You always don’t have to wait for a party to shake a leg.
  • Give yourself a treat. Pick out a dress or shoe that you have been eyeing for a while and splurge on it. This is also a form of self-care if done in moderation. 
  • Have a good laugh. If not with friends, then attend a stand-up comedy show. It always helps to laugh it out. And you will instantly feel lighter and better. 
  • There are plenty of ways to take care of yourself. If that means face packs and scrubbing sesh with your best friend, do it. The point is to put yourself above everything and everyone else once in a while. It’s not selfish, it’s self-love! 
by Priya Chaudhary
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