Self-Care: Tips & Ideas On How To Best Take Care Of Yourself
Last updated on : September 14 2020
Self-Care Tips & Activities
We've all heard the term self-care, so why is it that so few of us practice it? Is it a lack of time? Or is it the misconception that it's selfish?
Whatever your reason for not practicing self-care, you should understand that ignoring it can have severe impacts on your wellbeing and mental health.
Yes, self-care can be hard when you have other responsibilities; the relaxing day you'd planned for yourself gets disrupted by a crying baby or your mom calling to see if you can pick up her groceries.
However, taking care of yourself doesn't have to be an all-day endeavor. It can be a quick and fun thing if you do it right. Also, disregard the idea that self-care is selfish because it's one of the best things you can do for not only yourself but your loved ones as well.
To clear up the negative connotations around self-care, you first need to understand what self-care is.
What is Self-Care?
In a previous article, we define self-love as being the love we show ourselves, similar to the love we might offer other people we care for. We also said self-love is allowing other people to care for us.
Self-care is a subset of self-love. It's the actions we take to care for ourselves during the process of self-love. Self-care is any activity that promotes suitable physical, mental, and emotional health.
For example, putting aside time to do a business that you enjoy or taking a hot bath is considered self-care because by doing things that make you happy, you're taking care of your mental health.
When you're doing these things, you are giving your brain and body a reprieve from the stressors of everyday life.
Why You Need Self-Care
You know you need self-care when your stress and anxiety levels reach an unmanageable level.
Everyone deserves a break now and then to focus on their happiness and enjoy something relaxing instead of stressful. If you never take time to focus on your wants and needs, you risk the chances of burning out.
In this article, we summarize all the self-care tips and activities we've written about so far. Please make time to try out as many of the ideas as you can, and try to build them into daily routines and habits.
Click on the section headings to read more.
Self-Care Ideas For Your Body
We're not nutritionists, but we're full of common sense and can make rational decisions about what is healthy for us or not. We've spent a long time researching foods and eating behaviors because we're curious about eating healthy. We want to understand how to improve our eating habits and to feel good about our bodies. In short, we've decided to take responsibility for what we eat. Try the ideas in this set of articles to improve your nutrition and diet.
Knowing that you are not alone if you are feeling anxious or depressed is undoubtedly helpful. However, this fact alone can’t do much to relieve your symptoms and make your life a little better. Something that can help, though, is food.
We’re all very aware of the connection between our physical health and the foods we eat. We know that to stay healthy and avoid all kinds of preventable diseases, we need to enjoy a balanced diet, filled with all the macro- and micro-nutrients our bodies need.
However, there is now evidence that the foods we eat also have an incredible impact on our mental health and our daily mood.
We adopt practical solutions to our health and fitness. We develop effective ways to maintain our bodies and to feel better about ourselves. It takes some effort but is achievable. Try the ideas in this set of articles to improve your fitness and body health levels.
We all know that some kind of decline is inevitable as we age. Even though this process is entirely natural, we have a hard time accepting the fact. It makes us feel miserable and depressed about the things we can't change. However, if we can't change the very presence of aging, we can change the way aging will feel for us by remaining healthy and fit for many years to come. Try these 13 future-proofing self-care ideas.
Life can get pretty hectic, leaving you feeling down and drained. And if this kind of feeling seems like an everyday thing, then you're in dire need of a natural pick-me-up to increase your energy level. This article covers 15 natural self-care ways to power yourself up and regain the energy you lost so you can do more and be more:
Ever been in a sauna? No, it's not just a place for men to go sweat and chat, it's also an excellent place for women, and has real benefits for us. All around the world, there are saunas available for public use, and for some people, their love is so strong, they have a sauna in their property for personal use. This article covers eight reasons why saunas are a good idea for self-care.
Self-Care Ideas For Your Mind & Mental Health
Whatever the cause of our bad mood, we need to be able to return ourselves to a balanced state for our peace of mind and mental health. Being effective at this requires knowing what to do, and to turn practice into habits. Practicing appropriate self-care activities will drastically alleviate the pressure we feel daily. Try these 11 tips today to regain your good mood.
If you are like most people, you don't necessarily wake up feeling highly self-confident and ready to take on the world. Many successful people have a preferred morning routine that they follow to start the day off strong. They apply practices to sustain their successful mindset every day. Confidence is like a muscle - you need to exercise it every day to keep it healthy. Now you can create your morning routine to give you that same confidence. All it takes are some ideas and a bit of willingness.
With a little forethought and planning, you can create more time in your day and prioritize it better. Use the self-care tips in this article to help, and remember always to have fun, no matter what.
Self-Care Activities To Conquer Stress
Is your boss always breathing down your neck at work? Are your grades or finances in a bad state? Is your relationship with friends or family on the decline? Do the problems of the day and the worries of the future keep you up all night? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are probably experiencing stress. Try these 12 practical ways to reduce the stress that are mostly simple to implement and often have an immediate impact.
Leaving your work for exercise may not always be feasible. Instead, try these six easy asanas while sitting at your desk. Perform each pose discretely, without causing any nuisance to your co-workers or drawing attention to yourself. They are perfect for relieving stress.
Stress is inevitable and something that everyone feels at some point in their life. In many ways, stress can present itself through your appearance. If you've noticed any of the changes outlined in this article in the way you look and feel, it may be an indicator that your levels of stress are on the rise.
Self-Care Ideas To Help You Sleep
But one bad night of sleep does not equal sleep deprivation. Let's look at what sleep deprivation is exactly and why it is so bad for your mental and physical health.
While we are not suggesting that you hibernate for months, studies indicate that a short snooze can make a big difference to your general well being and your overall beauty and appeal.
Self-Care And Your Sense Of Adventure
Why do women ride motorbikes? For transportation, yes, but also because we look good on one, and want all the benefits that bike riding brings. From a sense of freedom to weight loss, bike riding is a self-care activity we should all consider.
As unlikely as it may seem, digital nomads are leading the change towards a happier, healthier, and more fulfilled global workforce. Whether you've found a temporary home in a seasonal villa in the French countryside or you're traveling down the Pacific Coast of the U.S. in a gas-powered motorhome, you can make a living doing what you love.
Self-Care And Relationships
In this series of articles, we provide relationship advice covering love and romance, how to build and maintain attraction, breakups, and getting back with an ex.
Self-Care Beauty Activities
Women either love makeup, they hate it, or they put up with it. It can be divisive. For us, it's just another arrow in our quiver, another weapon we can use to dominate, influence, and appeal. And so we embrace it, all the while knowing we are enough without it.
Follow this series of articles to amp up your style quotient and feel better about yourself in the clothes you wear.
Here at The Kewl Blog, we take a holistic approach to our face and skincare. Proper cleansing and treatment, protection, healthy eating, exercise, and of course, makeup are the cornerstones of our strategy. Follow our journey through the articles in this section for skincare routines, tips, products, and a boost in self-confidence.
When it comes to hair, there are all kinds of advice - from what to eat for healthy hair to the best color for your skin tone. Follow the advice in this set of articles for your best hair, and brim with pride and confidence.
Self-Care During The Pandemic
You don't you need to throw in the towel when it comes to balancing your self-care and familial responsibilities. Here are eight of the best ways to tend to your parental activities and still find time for yourself, even in the midst of an isolating and, at times, stressful pandemic.
Don't let anyone tell you that self-care is selfish. Prioritizing your health and wellbeing is not only going to help you but your family and friends as well. Improved mood and overall health are just two of many benefits self-care can bring.
Take some time for yourself. You deserve it.
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