This time of uncertainty has led a few of us to really take the time to reflect and understand our inner selves. I took this opportunity to discover myself a little bit more and learn a few things that I didn’t know of. Self-care was a foreign thing to me before, I didn’t think about it that much but now that I understand how important it is, I’m never taking it for granted again.
So here’s my self care routine to keep myself on top of things:
💗 Meditate. I started meditating about a month ago and it changed my life for the better. Not even kidding. First thing in the morning after I wake up and wash my face, I would take my time to meditate for 10-20 mins. I also do this whenever I’m feeling anxious, stressed or overwhelmed with what’s happening around me. It’s good to give your mind and body ten to twenty minutes of mindful attention.
💗 Reading books. It’s crazy how I’m adding this here because as I’ve mentioned before it took me a while to get out of my long and overdue reading slump. Thankfully, I was able to read with intention again. Reading has always been my go-to stress reliever.
💗 Taking breaks from social media. It feels good to unplug from all the noise once in a while. Last month, I deleted my Facebook app and it didn’t bother me anymore. Try to free yourself from the never-ending scrolling through your feed/s and the constant bings of your notifications. Don’t forget to delete/mute negative people. Just to add an advice about how you can handle your online presence and what’s been happening around the world, we have to be more aware about what we are sharing online. Learn and don’t be afraid to be educated. Also I promised myself less screen time and not use my phone for more than 3-4 hours daily.
💗 Decluttering my space. Ahh the magic of tidying up and putting things back to where it belongs. Such simple mindless tasks can really help you declutter your thoughts as well. As someone who has a ton of stuff lying around my room, I can’t barely make any more space to put my things. So one day I decided to organize and throw away the things that doesn’t bring me spark joy. I threw away those things which I was trying to hold on to but no longer serves me purpose. Now, I can say that my space is tidy and I don’t have to try to just put things all around my room. Also making your bed in the morning can make a big difference in your day to day life. Small things do add up. Keep in mind that less is more.
💗 Learning new things. May it be enrolling in online classes, spending my time on Skillshare or watching documentaries, learning has never been boring to me. In fact, it’s how I spend my time whenever I have nothing to do. I just watch a few documentaries about history and everything that I’m interested in. I’ll share with you soon where I go to whenever I want to learn and watch videos.
💗 Therapy. I tried getting therapy for a month, it was recommended to me by a friend on twitter and I am thankful to her. It has indeed made a huge impact on my thoughts and how I acknowledge what I’m going through. Therapy might be expensive but if you have the chance to get started, please do. It will help you somehow especially when you’re going through personal things that you can’t share with anyone. When you can’t seem to phantom your emotions, these professionals will help you understand and guide you through the process of healing.
💗 Get moving (exercise). A 10-minute workout session can do great things to your body. I do this every night or day, depends on my mood but I make sure to get moving as much as possible. Exercising can help you lift your mood and make your body feel more lighter. Unlike, if you’re just sleeping all day not doing anything your body feels heavy and you feel like your energy has been drained.
💗 Journal (writing down all your feelings). At the end of the day, I make sure to write all my thoughts and feelings down. Whenever I’m feeling sad or angry it helps me calm down. The art of journaling is therapeutic for me.
💗 Having my (favorite) cup of green tea. Just a thought of adding this in my list because I do love green tea and I make it to a point to drink it every morning and night before going to bed. I think it helped me with my period cramps(?).
💗 Eat healthy food options. No, I’m not saying go on a diet. I tried eating less sugar and more balanced meals in the past month. I saw good results in the way I feel about my body and I feel more energized.
💗 Lastly, be present. Pay complete attention to what’s happening now than worrying about what happened or what’s going to happen. Free your thoughts with unnecessary worry or doubt. Live in the present moment and don’t take for granted every second of it.