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Self-care is the gift you deserve

Practising self-care and putting yourself first does not make you selfish. You must take care of yourself, if not for yourself, then at least for the benefit of your loved ones. Not only will a renewed mindset do wonders for your soul, but those around you will also come to appreciate you more.

Here are four tips that will help you reach a new level of self-care:

 

1. That 'miracle' is actually you

Many people go about their business with a firm belief that some life-changing miracle will suddenly make them happy. Reality check: how often does that happen?

Are you waiting for the perfect time to make a change? Will the timing ever be perfect? Start making the changes you want to make today. Change might feel scary, but one thing you can count on is that change is unpredictable - and that's all part of the journey.

2. Healthy body, healthy mind

It may sound basic, but your health is a crucial factor in the self-care process. And we don’t mean turning to Google whenever a sore stomach or backache arises. We mean scheduling an appointment for a check-up and incorporating this as part of your normal health routine.

Don’t forget to also get out and get some exercise - be it walking, yoga, or the gym. Make your health goals simple and within reach: maintain a balanced diet, drink plenty of water and no skimping on the sleep!

3. It's a journey

The road to self-care is bumpy, and you’re bound to steer off-course. Alright, so you forget to take a 10-minute breather one day, it’s not the end of the world and doesn’t warrant a meltdown. Remember this is a process, and tomorrow is a reset. Self-care is something you practice daily and means taking care of your mind, body, and soul.

You can start as small by writing three things you are grateful for at the end of the day - so easy! Commit to this gratitude practice every day for two weeks and see how you feel.

4. Good vibes only

Your environment, and those you share it with, affects your mood and the energy you carry. If you find your circle filled with people who do not inspire or bring you joy - maybe it’s time to reassess. Make a list of your ‘crew’. What is it about them that brings you happiness? Do you feel appreciated/loved by them? How do they inspire you? You should not feel guilty for having a self-care plan, and anyone who says or acts otherwise is not looking out for you.

Something to remember:

What you feed your mind becomes your mindset. So, stop telling yourself that self-care is selfish, and remind yourself regularly that you can have your cake and eat it too.

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