Adulthood is overrated. Self-care is often defined by the expression – caring for yourself. However, it’s much more than that. Now, a bold disclaimer: self-care does not mean that you are selfish, it simply means taking care of yourself so that you are healthy mentally and physically, which in turn, creates a better version of yourself for you and others- especially when it comes to the adult world.
Being an adult comes with endless responsibilities, including targets that need to be met at work or things to be done in your household. But with self-care as your secret weapon, you can take the time out to engage with yourself, rest and relieve the pressure of your daily life – physically, mentally and spiritually.
Here are four tips on self-care according to Forbes.com:
Work on your self-esteem and confidence
It is important to maintain a relationship with yourself. This may play a great role in your self-esteem and confidence. Don’t forget, your needs are important too.
How well do you manage your stress?
Panic attacks, anxiety attacks and stress – the main causes of poor physical and mental health. Make sure that you eat healthily for that extra energy boost to get you through the day, or go the extra mile and connect with a loved one to vent, or learn how to meditate.
Are your work and home life balanced out?
Being overworked can lead to being less productive, disorganised and in most cases being emotionally exhausted. It is important to take those lunch breaks or a walk to keep the brain active. It is also important to leave your work stress at work and not take it home with you. Find different ways to unwind after a hard day of work.
Better physical health
Self-care not only involves the mind but your physical health too. It is best to eat healthily and take that much-needed nap. Hygiene is key, and exercising on a regular basis helps to keep the stress levels down and clear the mind at the same time.
Other ways you can indulge in a little self-care include these eight simple steps:
- Take a break when needed and go on the getaway that you have been postponing.
- Choose who to spend your private time with.
- Laugh heartily once a day.
- Eat green foods daily.
- Avoid comfort eating.
- Start a journal.
- There is nothing wrong with saying ‘No.’
- Try not to overthink.