You Do You: Practice Self Care This New Years

You Do You: Practice Self Care This New Years

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You Do You: Practice Self Care This New Years

 

You Do You: Practice Self Care This New Years 

In a world of hustle culture, endless meetings, and an environment that seemingly rewards round-the-clock work, we often forget to take the time out to care for ourselves. Self care isn’t just about mental health, but also physical health. Neglecting your body’s needs will eventually take a massive toll on you, and it's better to prevent than cure a disease caused by forgetting our own requirements. But everyone knows that in theory, self care is important. The question is how do you practice the art of self care in your day-to-day life? This New Years, we at HerbsDaily want to help you achieve realistic self care goals, and help you be the best possible version of yourself. Remember, self care for men is just as important as women’s self care. Looking after your needs has no gender. Here are some ways in which you can inculcate self care: 


  • Get Moving: Yes, a cliche, but getting active plays a huge role in taking care of your body. Physical activity does not have to be intense two-hour workouts every single day. Start small, with daily walks and light exercises for about 30 minutes thrice a week. Increase according to your comfort level, but don't be afraid to push yourself. Exercise increases your metabolism, helping you burn calories even when you’re sedentary, which is especially important for those working from home. Of the many self care items to have in your arsenal, consider investing in good workout equipment particularly if you don’t have access to a gym. 
  • Eat More at Home: Ordering out has become easier than ever, making it increasingly difficult for busy moms and working professionals to eat healthy. But cooking at home is an essential life skill, and encourages you to be more in control of your diet and caloric intake. Home-cooked meals are delicious and give you a huge sense of pride. So don't be afraid to grocery shop and try a new recipe at least once a week. 
  • Spend More Time Outdoors: The pandemic has left us more or less homebound for the last year. So try and get some fresh air every now and then. Even if it's a small walk or just some time on your terrace or balcony, a little sunshine can do wonders for your mood.  
  • The Art of Saying No: There is so much joy and power in saying no to something you truly don’t want to do. That’s not to say you should stop going to work just because you don't like it; setting healthy boundaries for yourself is an absolute self-care MUST, be it at work or with friends and family. Social media allows us to buy into the narrative that if you’re not out doing spectacular things with a big group of people all the time, then you might as well not exist. Candidly speaking, it's totally okay to cancel plans, take a break, and sit at home watching your favorite shows for a day. If you try to devote all your time to other people, it will only make you more anxious and irritable. Make sure to be confident but polite when turning someone down. If they truly care about your betterment, then they definitely won’t hold it against you. 
  • Establish a Regular Sleep Cycle: An unfortunate by-product of hustle culture and working from home is ruined sleep cycles. We often hear people humble-brag about how little sleep they get. “I worked till 3am last night”, or “I got only 2 hours of sleep” have oddly become synonymous with “I work hard”. It should be noted sleeping less can have serious long term effects on health. If you find it difficult to sleep at night, then consider creating a de-stress night routine. Know what time you will go to bed and wake up, and stick to it no matter what. Make sure to turn off all screens one hour before going to bed. Stay away from caffeine and sugar at night. If you want to unwind after a long day, some aromatherapy self care products like candles and diffusers are a great option.   

  • Self care is not selfishness. If you can’t take care of yourself, you will be useless in taking care of others. So don’t be afraid to put your needs on a pedestal. Looking to build a self care kit? HerbsDaily has a wide range of products to help you destress and keep your body healthy. Be it aromatherapy products or workout supplements, we’ve got you covered with the best self care brands at pocket-friendly prices. 


    References: 


    1. Davis, Tchiki (2018). Self-Care: 12 Ways to Take Better Care of Yourself

    Psychology Today 



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