Self-care is important to help us have a clearer headspace.
Life can be very stressful and daunting at times, so self-care plays a big role when it comes to your Mental Health.
In order to help, I have put together a few of my favourite tips on protecting yourself.
1. Ensure that you plan your self-care days
Self-care to me isn’t about lighting a candle, painting my nails or doing a face mask. It is about taking the time to recharge. That is by turning off my phone, not replying to calls or messages and not making plans.
It can make me look like a bad friend, but it isn’t the case at all, it is just me protecting my energy. I used to love being sociable all the time. Forcing myself to go out non-stop, but then at the end of it all, I wasn’t happy and felt so tired because I didn’t have any time to do the things that I wanted.
It doesn’t make you a selfish person to take care of yourself, physically and mentally. Self-care is an act of survival and on top of that you have more to offer afterwards, rather than running on an empty tank.
2. It is okay to say no
If you always say yes to everything that someone asks you to do, there won’t be time for you to do the things that you need to do or want to do. Your own time is important.
3. Exercise on a frequent basis
If you exercise regularly, it can help to get rid of stress and you will also feel more productive and energised when it comes to doing the tasks that you need to prioritise.
4. Take naps
If you feel like you are overwhelmed with what you have going on in life, when you have some downtime at home, take a short 20-minute nap. It will help to refresh your brain.