It’s not uncommon for self-care to take a back seat amidst the hustle and bustle of daily life. However, putting your well-being first is essential for maintaining a healthy and fulfilling life. According to research, 84% of the population believes self-care is essential. Surprisingly, some self-care practices are often overlooked, yet they hold the power to transform your overall well-being. These are the commonly overlooked ones worth noting.
Going on a digital detox
Since technology began to record remarkable advancements, people have become glued to it. According to statistics, the average adult spends 4 hours, 14 minutes daily on a smartphone or laptop. As surprising as this may be, you may not have noticed the amount of time you spend on social media. While it may seem insignificant, excessive time spent on the phone could be doing more harm than good. Alternatively, you could spend two of those four hours on self-care practices with better outcomes. That is why a digital detox is widely recommended. Take regular breaks from the screens and reconnect with yourself. Research reveals that prolonged social media use could negatively impact physical and mental health, making it essential to detach as much as possible, or at least occasionally.
Connecting with nature
Spending time in nature has numerous benefits for your mental and physical well-being. Studies have shown that spending two hours per week in green spaces can significantly improve mental health and overall life satisfaction. According to studies, people who reported greater exposure to nature had lower levels of anxiety and depression. So, make it a point to step outside, breathe in the fresh air, and immerse yourself in the calming embrace of nature.
Engaging in creative expression
Engaging in creative activities is a powerful form of self-care that often goes unnoticed. Creative expression allows you to channel your emotions and find fulfillment, whether painting, writing, playing an instrument, or even dancing. According to wellness experts, participating in creative arts can improve mental well-being and reduce stress. So, embrace your inner artist and let your creative juices flow. Admittedly, not everyone has an idea of the creative outlet to use. It can be challenging to pinpoint the exact type of creative expression to use. The best way to do it is to try a few or a wide selection to see which one you enjoy most. Besides, creative expression is not restricted to playing a musical instrument or painting alone. It can be something as simple as gardening or any activity enabling you to apply your skills and channel your feelings.
Cultivating meaningful relationships
Humans were created to be social beings, explaining why people often do better with each other. Meaningful connections are strong and vital for your mental and emotional health. That is why people have a higher risk of developing depression after a long withdrawal from society. All it takes is a little online reading on mental health to know how common disorders can be helped through meaningful relationships. Unfortunately, many overlook the importance of investing time and effort into these relationships. It can be your trusted friends, family, colleagues, and support groups. While your relationship with each person or group may vary, the most important thing is that your connection with them is meaningful and worth nurturing for the long term. If you haven’t given it much thought, spend quality time with the people who matter to you and feel the same way about you. Belonging and support are crucial aspects of self-care.
Taking better care of your appearance
In paying more attention to your self-care, you shouldn’t only focus on the emotional and mental side. Your appearance is equally important in your self-care. That includes caring for your skin, teeth, body, and hair. Many people, especially women, admit to not having enough time to attend thorough hair care regularly, but it can make all the difference in how you look and feel. So, prioritize this if you haven’t already. For instance, if you have luscious hair, thick hair shampoos must be a constant feature in your self-care routines. A good physical appearance will help you feel good and keep you healthy.
Getting quality sleep
A good night’s sleep can work wonders for your health. Consistent poor sleep can be detrimental to your overall well-being. It increases cortisol (stress hormone) levels in the body and is likely to prevent any relaxation technique you embark on. The human body requires sleep, but the guiding principle is to avoid doing that excessively. During sleep, your body goes into repair mode by renewing cells. Only in a deep sleep does your body embark on certain vital processes to improve your well-being. Unfortunately, many adults cannot get 8 – 9 hours of night sleep regularly. Indeed, work and family pressures can make this impossible, but even a little shuteye can go a long way. Your health comes first because you can’t carry out all the other tasks if your mind is not in its best state. After a good night’s sleep, you will feel rejuvenated and ready to tackle the day ahead.
- Setting boundaries
Establishing healthy boundaries in all areas of life is an essential aspect of self-care that is often underestimated. That includes setting limits on work hours, social commitments, and personal obligations. Studies reveal that setting boundaries improves work-life balance and reduces stress. Remember that it’s okay to say no and consider your own needs. Sometimes, you may be tempted to please everybody, but the truth is that it can be harmful to your self-care measures. You may not always be able to please everyone, which calls for setting boundaries for yourself. For example, if you already planned to spend time relaxing at home, do not feel compelled to go shopping with a friend who invited you. It would be best to make them understand why you prefer to be relaxed than be out shopping, and if possible, schedule it for another time. The more you do this, the more people will respect your time and space, adding to your commitment to self-care.