Self-care is a loose term for looking after yourself mentally, physically, and emotionally. Here are a few Guidelines:
- Knowledge is power
What to do: Learn how to upgrade your health-related knowledge by listening, reading, and watching reliable health videos, expert opinions, and books.
Benefits: You can learn how to eat healthily, identify medicine labels, spot potential side effects, and look after your body.
Beforehand, I used to invest my time in watching web series and illogical shows that distracted my mind a lot.
After adopting this Guideline, I feel like there is a lot of positivity in my life, and my sense of ability has increased.
- Use the 15/5 rule
What to do: Create a daily routine to boost mental health (regular, exercise, hobbies, relaxation).
Try the 15/5 rule: 15 minutes for mental relaxation / self-time, 5 times a week.
Benefits: Better self-esteem, good sleep, a feeling of contentment, and satisfaction.
After adopting this rule, I can manage my tasks with a positive mindset and full enthusiasm.
- Seek Help
What to do: Take action to improve your mental well-being. You can seek counseling if you notice that you are struggling with daily life and that negative thoughts are taking away the joy from your life.
Benefits: You don’t have to be ‘mentally sick’ to opt for counselling.
Taking action toward your mental health is a form of self-care.
It happens with everyone once that we all feel demotivated and there is a lack of self-control towards life. It had happened to me also, but one of my coursemates had suggested I try this therapy of counseling and sharing my problems with the person who can guide me throughout when I am in need of it.
- Avoid unnecessary risks
What to do: Wear a helmet and a seat belt, avoid addictive substances and get timely health check-ups.
Benefits: You avoid risks that can cause distress, injury, or even hospitalization. You take care of yourself through basic precautions and safe living, and that’s self-care!
- Stuff we Forget
What to do: Take a bath! Go for a walk! Brush twice daily! Smell the fresh morning air!
Benefits: Looking after the basics of hygiene and physical health boosts your immune system, reduces weight-related health issues, improves mental health, and makes you feel safe and happy.
Self-care is easy, if you commit to just 15 minutes, 5 days a week.