Simple ways to incorporate wellness and self-care into your life right now.
Updated: Jul 26, 2019
I'm aware that that the term "self-care" has been trending like crazy for the past year or so. I've seen the #selfcare and #selflove hashtags used for all kinds of content on blogs, social media platforms like Instagram and Pinterest and all over the keyword search tools. Since self-care and wellness are a "thing", I want to weigh in and contribute to the conversation by promoting good self-care and general wellness tips.
Your physical and mental health are the most important "treasures" you have. You only realize how much you take your health for granted once you become ill. That's why, we need to focus on our wellness at all times and make self-care an important part of our daily life.
Since wellness and self-care are such broad and hard to define terms, I'll avoid any attempt to come up with any complex definitions and explanations. I will instead offer simple and easy to follow tips to help you care for yourself both physically and mentally.
STEP 1: IMPROVE YOUR FINANCES
One of the biggest causes of frustration for people is money. Everyone feels stressed out at one point about finances, salaries and mortgages or others debts. Here's how you can try to lower your stress levels when it comes to money:
Cut back on 1 wasteful spending habit such as an overly expensive morning coffee - try finding cheaper alternatives
Create a financial planner - a notebook where you write down and track spending / income
Find a side hustle or mini job to do after work
Switch from expensive service providers or renegotiate your contracts
Try thrifting and buying second hand - it's actually quite fun to shop for second hand clothing and accessories
Download money management apps
Limit you credit card spending and try to use cash-back cards
STEP 2: WORK ON YOUR FITNESS AND EATING HABITS
Many confidence issues are born from insecurities about our exterior appearance. Whether it's that flabby belly, fat arms, acne scars etc, we all tend to feel insecure about our bodies and that insecurity becomes visible to other people. You shouldn't feel pressured to look a certain way, but I know how tough it is to deal with criticism and nasty comments. Instead of trying to look 'perfect', we should aim to feel good about our bodies for ourselves, not others. Feel healthier by working with your body to optimize your health.
Try meal-planning with only healthy foods
Cook healthy food by investing in some great cookbooks & think of vegan, paleo, keto, vegetarian meal options
Eliminate junk food
Try organic alternatives - this is easy for fruits and veggies
Say no to soft drinks and high sugar sweets
Walk more - aim for 10,000 steps per day
Take a fitness class - think Zumba, Pilates, yoga, spinning, boxing etc
Do simple exercises at home
STEP 3: MAKE YOUR MIND HAPPY
Mindfulness and positive thinking are key to having a happy mind and healthy lifestyle. Do things you love to, and remember all the little things that made you so happy when you were a child. Letting go of negative thoughts, eliminating toxic relationships and spending quality time alone are ways to improve your mental health. Here are some useful self-care tips:
Read books: think about reading inspiring autobiographies, fun fiction, poetry and self-help books, they will often make your feel more powerful and ready to take on the world.
Have indulgent beauty routines which include candles, pampering, face masks and soothing music
Take social media brakes and choose to meditate instead
Let all your thoughts out - write them down on paper
Go and spend time outdoors in nature - admire all the little things, like the color of the leaves, the chirping of birds and the beautiful sunsets
Put together puzzles, create a photo collage, or try adult coloring books
There are thousands of small things you can do to make self-care and wellness a part of your life, but I hope you remember that taking care of yourself is the first step to achieving that dream life you want.