Ways To Practice Self-care

 

“The best investment you can make is in yourself. Self-care, self-love and self-development. Give more to yourself and you will have more to give to others.” – Akiroq Brost

 

Isn’t it true? But how often do we forget to be a little lenient with our own selves, to practice self-care and be little more forgiving of our limitations?

 

I don’t know about you but I often find myself struggling to find some ‘Me Time’, struggling to focus on myself. But I find the time nevertheless. Truth is, I need a few minutes every single day to be just with myself, do the things I love and alone too, to be able to deal with the expectations of this thing called life. This is the time which is non-negotiable. This is the time when self-care assumes top priority.

 

“Be you, love you. All ways, always.”  ― Alexandra Elle

 

We often relegate ourselves to the end of the line in terms of priority because there is always something more important to do. And I get that. I get that there is always someone or something wanting our attention and time. I also know that it is not possible to stop doing everything and just focus on self-care. What I’m saying is to focus on self-care in spite of that.

 

Believe me when I say that I too wish for more hours in a day to do the things that need to be done and within time. But that’s not possible, is it? If getting a consensus on, say, a party venue is so difficult, imagine convincing everyone to increase the hours in a day. No, not going to happen. The only way, therefore, is to circumvent it and still practice self-care.

 

Today, I share with you ways in which we can practice self-care. These are simple, doable things that this working mom does and which I’m sure you can incorporate into your lives too.

 

Ways to Practice Self-Care

 

Listen to Music

 

Music heals. It replenishes the soul. Every time I find some alone time, I play some music, preferably instrumental, and get on with whatever chore I have to do. Music has this stealthy quality makes you feel good before you know. So, listen to some music on your iPod or the radio for a few minutes every day. It is one of the best and simplest ways of self-care.

 

Go for a Walk

 

Now, let me be honest with you, I don’t go for walks often. I hardly do. I really need to be feeling very low to actually think of taking a walk. And I have done that a handful of times and each time I have come back feeling a little better. There is no magic potion but it does help. The fresh air gives you a fresh perspective. And what better way to self-care than that?

 

Writing & Journaling

 

For those who like putting pen to paper, this is a sure shot way to feel lighter. Every time something bothers me, I pen down my thoughts. Some get published on the blog while others remain in drafts but writing gets a lot of the negativity out of my system. And that is a must for self-care, isn’t it? You can’t possibly be kind to yourself if you keep seething in negativity.

 

Talk to someone

 

We all need someone to talk to at some point in time or the other. It might not even be about the things bothering you. It could be just silly banter between friends. But just that process of talking to someone is therapeutic. Apart from my family, there are times when talking nonsense with colleagues gets me through a bad day or mood.

 

Focus on your Hobby

 

Yes, do what you love doing even if it’s for a few minutes a day. If reading makes you happy, read. If traveling gives you pleasure, do that. Whatever it may be, do something that gives you joy and which is not a part of your job or responsibility. Do something for pleasure.

 

These are just five simple ways in which I try to make use of the time I get for myself, even if they are just five to ten minutes a day. The bottom line is I need to be happy to do everything else that I need to, to take care and be there for my loved ones. It’s not much and sometimes it’s good to be slightly selfish to be selfless where required.

 

What do you say? Any tips you would like to share?

 

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12 thoughts on “Ways To Practice Self-care”

  1. Excellent advice. I’ve been going for longer walks since our weather improved, trying to get in better shape.
    There’s always music playing here as well.

  2. You said it, Naba. Self-care is of utmost importance to me. If I don’t find time for myself, I find myself being angry and cranky for every small thing. Because of this, my me-time is non-negotiable at any cost.

    I read, work-out, cook, bake, draw, stitch or just lie down and stare at the ceiling during my me-time, but it gives me so much happiness to do any or all of this. I feel happy, I can make others happy. Else, it is all an angry, suffocated crib fest.
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  3. Absolutely vital, Naba. I’ve found mindful walking to be a good way to be myself. Even a short walk in a park, taking in the beauty of Nature does wonders for my soul.

  4. Self care is what we need to regularly do. I totally believe in it. For self care, I indulge in playing with Coco, reading, writing, not doing anything, working out, listening to music and cooking. Even watching movies with the family or travel.

  5. I don’t have a child/in-laws/dependents nor do I cook on an everyday basis. So that leaves me with a lot of time in a day to do what I please, some of which I waste, some of which I use productively. So me talking about self-care makes me feel sort of selfish :/

  6. I can so relate to this, Naba. I go insane if I don’t get some me-time. These days I put on some music and clean! I never knew cleaning could be therapeutic too. I started DIY-ing too. It is helping. 🙂
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  7. Excellent points Naba. It’s so important to take care of our needs too else we end up either exhausted or frustrated. All these points are doable and if one spends some tine indulging in things they love the most, it takes away a big chunk of stress.

  8. Self-care is very important. I get agitated and tired when I don’t get those few minutes to myself everyday like yesterday. Like you pointed out my favorite activities include going for a walk, journaling, and reading. Practicing yoga, trying out some art works and watching Friends also top my list.
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  9. Self care shows how much you regard yourself and your body. And most women I feel fail in this regard. Its a combination of physical as well as mental fitness thats required, plus some quiet me time. I pamper myself on many days with the things I like and feel good about myself.
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