Take care of yourself has become a widespread term in modern mental health issues, and people are making an increasing effort to maintain their well-being.
The goal of self-care is to meet your different needs of self-care (Pixabe)
Self-care works at its best to relieve stress, lead a healthy lifestyle, and prioritize happiness in life.
In turn, self-care can be a “buzzword” used for marketing quick solutions to complex problems.
Self-care can be expensive, which makes many people distract themselves from activities that actually enhance their mental health.
In her article – published by the US “Medium” – writer Katie Vostic touched on ways to help you avoid indulging in ineffective thoughts, as well as the daily activities and habits that contribute to luxury.
Think in the long run
“There are sure to be both right and wrong ideas about self-care,”
the writer quoted Amanda Porter, an Ohio psychiatrist nurse, as saying.
Unfortunately, Porter says that many people confuse this term with evading responsibilities, adding that if something makes you feel comfortable temporarily but it will make you feel bad at a later time this is not considered true self-care.
Indulging in personal pleasures does not often cause harm, and buying some beauty products that you cannot afford, avoiding responding to a message, and getting to sleep can help you temporarily relax.
However, these behaviors are quick solutions that can make life more difficult later.
To see if she is usually considered self-care, Porter said, ask this question to yourself, “Will what I’m going to do will make me feel happier, more calm, and have better mental health in the long run?” If not, it cannot be considered self-care.
Focus on easy behavior.
It is easy to ignore the positive psychological impact that may result from some small things.
Chancellor Annina Schmid explained in Toronto that self-care does not require cost or require isolation, explaining that some simple activities, such as drinking water, opening a window, and pausing for some time to think about an inner feeling can be considered self-care.
In this regard, Schmid stressed that when it comes to adopting successful routine habits related to self-care, I encourage individuals to think about when they feel good or feel relaxed and how that happened, and what it takes for them to live this experience again.
Schmid recommends looking for any activity that meets these four criteria:
First: These activities should be simple, Meditate for five minutes in the middle of a stressful day will enhance your satisfaction and well-being.
Second: These activities must be sustainable.
Third: Activities must be inexpensive.
And if running would help you relieve stress, this will be great, but it is not important to join the most prestigious sports halls in the city if this will increase your financial burdens.
Fourth, these activities should be repeatable, as beautiful experiences such as concerts or holidays may make us feel comfortable, but you cannot enjoy them daily, so try to find an activity that you can do easily on a daily or regular basis, such as meeting a friend to drink a cup of coffee .
And most of all, focus on simplicity. You want to frame your self-care perception as something that is always accessible when you need it, and not something that you cannot achieve.
Take your desires into consideration.
With all of the focus on wellbeing activities right now, it may be tempting to treat self-care as something influential not because you think it will make you feel happy.
Do not forget to socialize.
Research has shown that feeling separated can increase the risk of a number of mental and physical health problems, from dementia to heart attacks.
Studies have found that social support can slow cognitive decline, provide a barrier against the damaging effects of stress, and reduce the risk of death following serious health problems.
Being with other people is an important part of taking care of yourself. “The goal of self-care is not only the time you spend alone, but the time to participate in activities that meet our various needs and that contribute to rejuvenating our youth,” says Jesse Matthews, a Pennsylvania-based psychologist.