You're physically drained. You're mentally exhausted. You're emotionally tired. But you're not alone. We live in a difficult time that's taking a toll on us, and with the lockdown in place, we are so busy trying to juggle our daily routines, we forgot to take a moment for ourselves.
We are surrounded by the side effects of the pandemic alongside daily negative news of our country. We read about depression and suicide cases. We read about people losing their jobs and financial support. Furthermore, we have our own family to feed and take care of. We have our jobs to secure. It's challenging and heartbreaking at the same time.
But that doesn't mean we should let all these negativities engulf us. In these pressing times, it is even more important and crucial for us to find a balance and prioritise our well-being. We have to fill our well-being cup before we can help others. That's why I'm urging you to stop, take a step back and look into your own emotional, physical and mental needs today.
From our last article about the self-care cup, if you have answered mostly no to all the questions, that means it's time for you to prioritise your well-being and care for yourself.
Here are some tips on how you can fill up your self-care cup.
Body - Physical Well-being
The most essential component of self-care is your health. A healthy body leads to a healthy mind. Do things that nourish your body. Here's how.
Sleep 8 hours a day
Take time to enjoy your meal (Be mindful when you eat, don't rush)
Do simple stretching exercises (5-10 minutes a day is sufficient)
Truly enjoy a cup of coffee or tea (or wine)
Mind - Mental Well-being
After a busy day, it is important to wind down and allow our minds to relax.
Read a book before bed (Practice 1 chapter a day)
Lessen your screen time
Listen to calming music
Gardening (or other types of craftwork that calms you)
Brewing coffee or tea mindfully
Soul - Emotional Well-being
A big part of nourishing our soul is looking deeper into our emotional needs - how to practice gratitude, have a positive mindset, and a confident outlook of ourselves.
Meditate (5-10 minutes a day)
Donate to charity
Say a prayer
Talk to friends or family
Truly enjoy your time with your loved ones
Do a random act of kindness
Express your love and gratitude
These self-care strategies may not be easy, but do make time for yourself, even if it's just 5-10 minutes a day. When you fill your cup regularly, then you can give more to the people around you.
Don't be afraid to ask for assistance and support too! Remember, you're not alone. We are going through this together. Stay safe!