The different ways to self-care
Self-care - the word itself is very self explanatory! It's the way to care of the self.
Of course, there is the very mainstream way to self-care that involves us women to wear a face mask, put on a hair mask, etc.
But, did you know that you don't need to have a special day for self-care, and that it should actually be something that you practice on daily?
Here are the areas that require self-care, all day, everyday:
For most of us, working out is seen more as a chore than anything. But, if you switch your perspective, then working out can be one of the best ways to show your body some love, and after your exercise, I don't know much about you, but I really feel my body thanking me for the push that I gave it.
You don't need to go to the gym or to classes, there is a huge variety of exercises, all you need to do is figure out which one resonates with you the most! You can choose:
Pilates (my personal favorite).
Functional training (my other personal favorite, it does include a lot of pilates as well).
Yoga (hello physical and mental relaxation at once? Where do I sign up!).
This is where I think it gets a tiny bit tricky; especially with the way we live in now, where everything is on the go and accessible, it's hard to just stop, and take a step back.
I've become a huge advocate for mental self-care - because once your mind and soul is relaxed, then everything else just follows.
The very first form of mental self-care is to sleep! The more sleep you get, the more you can think clearly and focus the next day (that's why I link sleep to mental, and not physical).
The other ways to keep your mental health a priority is:
Boundaries: Place boundaries with anything or anyone who bursts your tiny bubble of peace.
Zoning out day: This is my personal favorite. It's when I put my phone away and just relax. I could be watching a movie, or spend a day at the beach, and I make sure that I am isolated from everything.
I have no shame in saying it - I am a messy person. Extremely clean, but oh so messy.
Regardless of this personality trait that I'm slowly changing - there is nothing I appreciate more than a clean room. A clean room = a clean energy = a clean mind.
So, if you ever feel like you have to fix your house/room, but you're too lazy to do it then just focus on how you'll feel once it's all neat and the only thing left to do is relax.
This is the mainstream part that I've mentioned (I'm still a huge fan, and I do not clash anyone at all!). I just love when I've finished all my other self-care habits, and focus on pampering myself. There are no rules as to which beauty self-care is the best, since we all have different types of skin, hair, and nails. But, just make sure to never leave this behind and find a way to pamper yourself (I like doing it at least once or twice a week).
I always say this, and I will keep on saying it - we have only 1 physical body. So, it's our job to treat it with love and care.
All those juicy burgers, french fries (no shame in saying it, my all time favorite), desserts are super tempting - but, unfortunately, they have zero nutritional value. Also, I'm a huge believer in listening to your body. Some things may be delicious, but when you sense a bit of stomach bloating, see a few pimples on your face, or feel overall foggy and tired; then this is a clear indication that whatever you're eating, your body is rejecting it.
Although I will never not have a junk food day (as we all need a bit of balance in our lives), keep in mind that food should be the way you nourish your body. Once your body is well nourished, then everything falls into place (we're talking good mood, good skin, good hair).