The rat race of modern life and career can be overwhelmingly hard. Almost every day is filled with stress, anxiety, and tension, and weekends, even for those with 5-day week work, are always too short. In the ethos of this hustle culture, self-care becomes even more important for your mental health. While movies have us believe that taking care of yourself is all about a fancy bath with candles and petals, it is far from the case. Pampering yourself is just one form of self-care, but there is more to that.
Self-Care Tips For Mental Health
Taking good care of yourself is paramount to the success of your recovery process. What’s soothing to one person could be stressful to another. Here are a few self-care ideas that will help you cope better.
Your body needs at least 3-4 liters of water to function properly, so make sure to stay hydrated. Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning and set alarms at regular intervals to remind you to drink. If you do not like water, add a vitamin tablet, and include a lot of water-rich food to keep you hydrated.
Junk food comes easy, but it does a lot of damage to the body. Make eating healthy a habit and you will notice a stark change in your own health and energy. If you are used to eating out every day, start small by including a few orders of salad, then go on to cook one meal at home and slowly increase this frequency. Grab a fruit when you are craving something sweet.
Get Some Workout
A little exercise or yoga can do absolute wonders for your body and mind. Not only will it help you maintain a healthy weight, but it also releases endorphins that boost your happiness. It reduces the stress hormones, leading to a better and more stable mood. If you don’t feel motivated enough, start with small steps, such as taking stairs or walking more.
Catch Up On Sleep
Lack of adequate sleep does not give the body enough time to heal, thus, leaving you exhausted. If work schedule permits, the night is the best time for sleep as it aligns with the body’s natural circadian rhythm. Disconnect an hour before bed, look into white noise apps to help you sleep soundly.
Give Yourself Some Time
Every day make sure you give yourself some time, just for you. Listen to music, watch something, practice your hobbies or do anything that makes you happy. This helps you decompress and process your thoughts better. A plant can transform the feel of your living space and improve your moods greatly.
Set Your Boundaries
Boundaries are important for well-being. While you might want to be of service to everybody but do not do so at the cost of your mental health and comfort. At times it is good, even essential to say no, and this includes cutting off toxic people from your life. Be it your friends, or family, do not put others before you.
Cut Yourself Some Slack
Don’t go too hard on yourself. Maybe you slept through a weekend or indulged in a cheat meal or shopped a little too impulsively, berating yourself on it won’t undo the damage. Instead of failures, appreciate your progress. Applaud yourself on how far you have come and worked towards your goals.
A little kindness, love, and effort towards yourself will take you a long.