The art of self-care
Updated: Apr 28
A popular word from 2020 is self-care. With everything going on, we've got to remind ourselves that we still deserve - and need - to be taken care of. Self-care is anything you do to take care of yourself, your well-being, so you can stay physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy.
Little things that we add or remove from our day can make a difference in how we feel. It doesn't need to be monumental or especially hard to achieve, it just needs to be something that you really enjoy doing...and make sure that you are mindful of that moment and savor it.
I have a few suggestions of ways you can add self-care to your day or week:
Declutter your room
I know that, for some, this one may feel more like a chore than an act of self-care, but when you start decluttering and organizing your space, you are putting things in order, creating defined space for everything, setting priorities, and making choices. It is a way of physically organizing everything that is in your head, but in a way that you can see. It is the perfect start to creating an organized mind.
Decrease screen time
Social Media is responsible for a lot of our insecurities, comparisons, and doubts related to our self-image and lifestyle. Americans spend an average of 10 hours a day looking at a screen, that being phones, tablets, computers, and TVs, and the majority of this time, we are comparing our lives to others.
Set up a time to be away from screens. This can be hard, but you can start with an hour a day and increase throughout the week. Replace this time with a simple pleasure, like reading an easy book, taking a bath, walking around the block a few times to experience the outdoors without checking your email or social media, dancing, going for a drive, or even listening to a podcast.
Watch the sunrise
How long has it been since you've watched the sunrise? Plan for a day to wake up earlier, make a cup of tea or coffee, and wait for the sun to rise. It's a simple thing that you can do that will change the whole dynamic of your day and brings a sense of meaning to your morning.
During this time, just observe nature doing its magnificent job and take a few deep breaths to let it sink in.
Phone a good friend
Social connections are very important in building a happier life. When we are busy, we forget to take time to have meaningful conversations with people. So, call a friend, catch up, talk about your ideas, future plans... don't keep it superficial, talk about deep stuff, give advice, ask for advice, share your thoughts, and really try to connect.
Watch an inspiring movie
Movies can be a great source of inspiration from incredible storytellers and are an easy way to block off some time for self-care. You can have your favorite beverage while watching it and pick out titles that are going to make you reflect on your life. My suggestions for inspiring movies are; The help, The boy who harnessed the wind, The untouchables, The Pursuit of Happyness,...
Do more of what truly makes you feel good, but don't do it automatically. Get out of your comfort zone and explore different things that can have a positive impact on your mental and physical health. Make yourself discover new things.
About the author: Carol is a journalist, currently earning a Master’s Education in Positive Psychology. She has a passion for all things organization and has been working as a professional organizer for the past 6 years, helping families and individuals live a more purposeful and productive life.