A wise, poetic, unknown human being once said to, “Displace the pain. Put it in a camera, in a story, in a poem, in a song, in a lover, in a canvas.” It’s imperative for all humans to nourish their souls, recharge their bodies and minds, and simply take proper care of themselves in general. There are countless ways of doing this, from practicing yoga, to connecting with nature, to simply practicing mindful thinking on a regular basis. Self-care is vital, especially when you are feeling down or drained, and even more so when you are grieving. One positive aspect is that self-care is virtually always beneficial no matter what form it comes in. With all of this in mind, please read the following list in order to make caring for yourself more efficient and effective.
#1: Virtually anything goes.
There is no way that is 100% correct or 100% incorrect when it comes to self-help and self-help preferences. With this in mind, be sure to listen for your inner voices, be sure to actually hear your intuition, and be sure to make self-help choices that you’re truly interested in and eager to do. More specifically, don’t worry about completing your self-help activities entirely in order to benefit from them; feel free to write without doing any editing or to sing a song without knowing all the lyrics.
#2: Embrace self-care daily.
It always seems difficult to complete an entire workout or to play an entire tennis match in the middle of the week, but, as alluded to, it’s crucial to at least partly engage in activities which promote self-care at least in some small way. In order to fit self-care into your daily schedule, try waking up in the morning and immediately articulating a positive affirmation which will encourage you to devote time and energy to beneficial activities. Once you get into the habit of doing this—and on following through on self-care—it will become easier and easier.
#3: Wellness wheels.
There are seven different forms of wellness: physical, emotional, spiritual, social, intellectual, environmental, and occupational. It’s worth your time to find out which type of wellness will benefit your overall wellness the most, and then to devote time and energy to fitting those activities into your regular schedule. This will also provide you with a new and beneficial perspective on living; you may find that you enjoy living a more balanced and peaceful life in general. Nurture the parts of yourself on the wellness wheel that require it the most, but be sure to feel grateful for the parts which are already balanced.
#4: Spread the word—and the wellness!
It’s important make others aware of your new efforts and practices, both so they will have the opportunity to join in the positivity and so they won’t wonder where you’ve disappeared to all of a sudden; self-help can change lives, and you may find that you are doing a lot more things in a lot different places once you’re on your way to long-term wellness. What’s more, family and friends will likely be able to help you stay on track, and the positive and productive life decisions that you are making definitely have the ability to inspire the people around you in other ways as well.
#5: Celebrate wellness!
Even if the improvements you’ve made have been small, it’s imperative to celebrate your achievements and accomplishments regardless. Just as virtually all forms of positivity and happiness will rub off on many of the people around you, so too will acknowledging your own productive actions encourage yourself to do even more good things. Self-care likely will not result in all uncomfortable emotions vanishing forever, but it will probably result in the ability to soften or channel negative emotions into ones which are more neutral or even positive.
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