We all like to give love. We all feel good about loving others. But the question is, do we have enough love to give? If not, then how to share an empty bottle? There will come a time in our lives when we will be faced with significant decisions, especially with our relationships.
Once you have made that big decision, it is essential to focus on taking good care of yourself or recovery. Here are some self-care tips that may aid you in the process :
Caring about yourself
Living a healthy lifestyle is one way of taking good care of ourselves; living healthy means eating a well-balanced diet, exercising regularly, going for regular check-ups, having the right amount of sleep. We all know that your body and mind are connected, so if you care enough for your body, you will think and feel good also.
Make friends. Social connection is also essential and healthy for any individual. Often, we tend to forget to have a social relationship with others because of our busy schedules and relational commitments. Having friends to laugh with, cry with, and go crazy with is one way to release the stress we have in our daily lives.
Mental self-care includes doing things that sharpen and make our minds healthy. Try to be proactive, do something that fascinates you, watch movies, play games, read books, or just about anything that fuels your mind. Always have a positive mindset. Remember that what we feed our mind affects our body as well. Find some time to relax.
Our spiritual being needs to be nurtured too. Spiritual self-care does not always have to be about religion. You can boost your spirit also by doing meditation. Different types of meditation can help you. Included are; deep breathing, mindfulness meditation, visualization, repeating a mantra, or meditative form of exercises like yoga or taichi. Attending spiritual or religious services prove to have a positive outcome on any individual. Praying also helps.
Emotional self-care includes having a healthy coping skill in facing difficult emotions, like anger, stress, sadness. You should know how to handle these negative emotions, or otherwise, it will break you down. Find someone to talk to when you feel like these emotions are building up. Or do things that can at least help you to relax. Don’t dwell on the pain. Nurture yourself with positive thoughts always.
Self-care is personal. What inspires you or what modifies you differs from the others. Self-care isn’t selfish! It is essential because you are reinvigorating yourself to be the best version of yourself for others.
Self-care encourages you to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself, to share and transmit that favorable you to other people. Everyone around you can also benefit from the renewed version of you.
By practicing self-care, you do not consider your needs alone but also the lack of others. We cannot give to others what we don’t even have in ourselves.