While no two people have the same definition of self-care, it’s important to assess if your views are healthy. Sometimes self-care can seem selfish. That doesn’t mean it is a bad thing. Other times, self-care can feel almost like work, and there’s nothing wrong with that either. Regardless of what your self-care routine looks like, make sure your views towards its importance is healthy.
Understanding Self-Care Do’s & Don’ts
Although self-care is highly personal, it can quickly turn unhealthy if you’re not paying attention. Self-care is meant to be deliberate and target our mental, emotional, and physical care. An idea of healthy self-care is engaging in activities that improve your mood, reduce your anxiety levels, and care for your health.
However, self-care can turn unhealthy rather quickly. For example, engaging in any activity that takes from us isn’t self-care. Not paying attention to our behavior is an unhealthy act of self-care that can have consequences.
Healthy Self-Care Practices
Again, we understand self-care means different things to different people. However, there are certain types of activities that can help you care for yourself and engage in healthy self-care routines. Consider these practices:
- Understanding how stress affects you
- Making time to exercise daily
- Eating healthy and mindfully
- Getting enough sleep
- Avoiding alcohol and drugs
- Practicing breathing exercises and relaxation techniques
- Taking time to recharge yourself
- Practicing positivism
- Avoiding guilt
- Mindfully practice good mental health habits
A Note from GR8NESS
Regardless of your current views towards self-care, know that they can always improve. The different acts of self-care are ever-evolving, and they change based on our age, needs, and surroundings. Do not feel defeated if your relationship with self-care now is not the healthiest one. We’re all works in progress, and the fact you’re here is indicative of growth already. Keep going because you’re doing GR8.