You’ve probably heard people banging on about self-care, but honestly it is important and necessary. It’s like making sure the screws and bolts on an essential machine are all oiled, maintained and functioning properly. In this case, you are the machine; the screws and bolts are your physical, emotion and mental welfare. When life happens, the stresses of daily can become overwhelming and sometimes you may face adversity or days of turbulence. Although I cannot help you find your missing dog, help you juggle your bills and finances or help you catch that flight you’re late for, I can give some tips on how to practice self-care when life is getting you down.
- Take a break from social media.
Social media is saturated with constant information and updates. Unlike a TV programme you can’t simply switch it off, there is always something going on. The constant need to be updated and to be in the know can be at the expense of your welfare. Taking a break from social media can allow you to focus on other things which you may not spend as much time focused on. Taking a break can allow you to be updated on yourself, putting yourself as the only content in your personal timeline or news feed and boost your sense of self and stop you from the daily comparisons of other humans. Turn off the notifications, maybe delete a few apps temporarily; engage with yourself.
- Indulge in your hobbies
Hobbies are a great way to spend your time and to take a break from the daily grind. They are activities that bring joy. Sometimes these are things that you have enjoyed from childhood or recently developed. Set aside some time regularly to indulge in your hobbies, whether it’s drawing sketches of passers-by, writing mini-novels or kayaking. Hobbies are great distractions and escape from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life and it can turn into something productive in its own right. Think Marketing Assistant by day, professional Criminal Minds watcher by night.
- Have some moments of solitude
An extremely important person in your life is YOU YOU YOU. You might think it’s selfish, you might have children and think otherwise. But taking some ME time is very important to regain composure from stress and to take a break from the marathon that is life. Looking after yourself is the first step into looking after others; it starts with you. Indulge in some alone time, even if it’s something as simple as reading a book, going for a walk or binge-watching the latest season of Orange Is the New Black. Re-connecting with yourself is essential for a happy life and self-care.
- Surround yourself with people who uplift you
In the same breath, also value the people around you who love you. Going through life you will meet a multitude of people. Some will stick around and some will come in and out of your life like a bad cold. Those who will be there and just listen to what you do or do not have to say are important. Sometimes you just need someone to vent to without judgement or negativity. The people who are there for you in your time of need, who are positive and uplift you are the people who should be a priority and who you should surround yourself with.
Afro Mermaid | Whitney Abigail