We all need Selfcare, even mothers who are busy with their kids most of the time either trying to feed them or cleaning them, and the little free time they get is spent in detecting/searching about the milestones or behavioral changes of children, while completely ignoring their own sleep. Self-care is the individual practice of health management without the aid of a medical professional. These are some easy SELF-CARE Methods to be included in our daily life.
It doesn’t require a heavy marathon movement at the gym. Taking care of our body is as important as taking care of our mind and soul. Commit to making time to do your squats or a 30 minutes’ walk or a few sets of Surya-namaskar or other Yoga Asanas. My favorite is Yoga for an hour which I had started in 2008, I might not be a pro but, have been consistent since with a few get aways and next favorite is walking for an hour.
2. Healthy Food
Eating is self-care? Yes mindful eating is. Love your body by nourishing it with right food, and mindful intake, without any distractions, have any of your favorite food at least once in a few days. Have a cup of Tea, Coffee, Dalgona, Green tea or any other fluid you like.
3. Good Sleep
When it comes to sleep, it is suggested to get away from things that interfere with high-quality sleep, such as lights, screens, and drinking too much of fluid before bed. Try to take light dinner, adding things that aid quality sleep are helpful too, which improves the immune system, and the better sleep the less inflammation we have in our body.
4. Mental Self-Care
Take a break once in a while to recharge yourself- Listening to your favorite music, Read a book, Listen to a podcast, Do things which makes you happy. Reflect on things you are grateful for.
5. Alone Time
We all need time to recharge and rejuvenate ourselves. You know you need it, but somehow you give ample reasons of not finding that 10 minutes to yourself, it would be better if it’s for an hour but, if one can’t manage that, start somewhere. Give yourself the love of your time “ME TIME” Self-care is an appointment with yourself – Means you should not avoid, like you wouldn’t miss your professional commitments.
If you don’t feel like attending an after-party, please listen to your inner voice. You can definitely be polite and say NO. By saying ‘no’ to others you say ‘yes’ to yourself. Learn to say YES to yourself, prioritize your being, understand your feelings and never be afraid to choose your mental well-being over anything in the world.
Whenever stress overwhelms you remember to breathe. Self-care is to know you are alive and breathing. Let your deep, long breaths remind you of being alive and the hope that resides in being alive. Inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale. Say to yourself: Things will be fine. Yes, it will be.
8. Spiritual Self-Care
Praying, Connecting with nature and Meditating is another way to connect to self, feel relaxed and calm both physically and mentally and be grateful for what we have and where we are.
Being with family and friends, spending time enjoying the presence of people you like and love is the kind of social support that is not attached to an agenda or need, has been shown to be a key health-promoting factor. We all have few friends or at least one friend with whom we can be ourselves, do anything, talk about everything. Who accepts us with all our flaws without judging at any point. Bingo! just hangout with that friend often or Call and feel rejuvenated after that long conversation.
Having like minded, non judging Mommy friends is like, finding BFFs. Hanging out with those friends, spending some quality time together without kids is nothing but, “Dating again”. Our Dates are usually going on walk together and Morning Tea/Coffee dates while our kids are still asleep.
Would love to know about your way of Taking a break or your favorite self-care method.