What is the most important factor in your life? How do you maintain your health and wellbeing? What is your motivation to live a happy life? The answers to these questions might differ according to the decade that you are living in. They would be different in the ’80s or ’90s or the 19th century. Well, what are our answers now? We can hear most of you consider self-care the main core issue in our lives due to many external and internal factors that we face in our surroundings locally and globally.
What is self-care?
“Self-care has been defined as the process of taking care of oneself with behaviors that promote health and active management of illness when it occurs. Individuals engage in some form of self-care daily with food choices, exercise, sleep, and dental care.”
By looking at this plain definition, we can see that self-care can be achieved through very sophisticated and well-invested processes or simple and easy to apply daily routines.
Here are some ideas on the self-caring you can do at home that are simple and budget-friendly:
1. LIFT YOUR SPIRIT!
Using essential oils is a good way to lift your spirit. Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts. When you apply them, you can boost your mood, improve your sleep or reduce stress. There is a wide range of essential oils available in the market that can suit your budget. Some examples of essential oils are lavender, tea tree, peppermint, lemon, orange, bergamot.
2. LET’S GET MOVING!
Creating an exercise routine daily will also contribute to your self-care extensively. Exercise can make you happier, helps reduce weight, is good for your muscles and bones, can help with relaxation and sleep quality, and many more. Pilates, Yoga, walking, jogging, or watching workout videos on YouTube are some ways to find the ideal exercise you can explore at your own pace. At this point consulting your doctor before starting is the pivotal point!
3. FEELINGS DO MATTER!
Being healthy is surely important, your physical health as well as mental health. Self-caring is also caring about your mental health. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. You can take care of your mental health by keeping active, taking a break, talking about your feelings, eating well, and caring for others.
4. MAKE YOUR DAY!
According to the engagements in your daily life and your budget, choose a day that you will only spare for yourself weekly or monthly. Just determine the activity or activities you enjoy the most. This “making your day” moment can be the same routine you do periodically, or you can change the activities every time. Meditation, going to a spa, registering for a course on cooking, sewing, ceramics, or something that you want to learn can be great ideas for your “making your day” moment. Enjoy!