Self-care. It’s such a simple word, but it’s such a difficult thing to do, mostly because of the many other aspects in our life. In this century where everyone is busy, we either focus on career or studies, hoping to get to the top while failing to remember at least a thing or two about self-care. Due to this, once we ever do get to the top, we gradually realize our health has apparently reached rockbottom and it’s truly a sad thing to be so busy competing that we forget to love and care for ourselves.
If you feel like you’re one of those people who are too much of a workaholic, a study freak, or maybe someone who gives into food or entertainment pleasures so easily (this applies to you too), you might have to check on these five important things we’re about to tell you. You could be forgetting about them.
#1. You deserve to sleep. Eight to ten hours a day. No more, no less.
Don’t forsaken your sleep. If you did so when you were younger, that’s certainly not a wise thing to do now. Also, forget what people have said before that adults don’t necessarily need sleep. That myth has been debunked and it ain’t real.
Whether you’re a child or an adult, sleep is what you need and it’s not just for the weak. As long as you’re human, you most certainly qualify.
#2. “You are what you eat.” That saying isn’t some old fairytale. It’s very very very much real.
Potato chips. Coke. Liquor. Oily fatty food. Buffalo wings. Fries. Fast food chain food. All of these don’t qualify as healthy. We aren’t saying it’s completely bad to eat this, but we ARE saying that it becomes completely bad when that is all you eat.
Go and throw in a few celeries or two in your diet. What we’re basically saying is eat more healthy food and don’t every try exaggerating that. You may put your health in danger if you suddenly switch your diet to a vegetarian one when you’re body is used to the good ol’ meat. The best food lifestyle to go is a total balance. It’s through the balance that you can assure your health.
#3. Excercise, excercise, excercise.
We’re not even going to stop telling you to excercise. Why? Because it’s important. Not only for your physical health, but for your mental health too.
Don’t know where to start? We have a bunch of articles written in both Filipino and English that can help you with that part.
• 15 Minute Workout Para Sa Healthy at Fit na Pangangatawan (A 15 Minute Workout For A Fit Body)
If you feel like these might be a little too heavy for you who could be a beginner, here’s one of my favorite YouTube videos which I excercise to every morning:
It’s something really manageable for those who aren’t very athletic and it’s helped me a lot to stay fit. I hope it could help you too.
#4. Allott time to do all these.
It’s not going to be helpful if you forgot these, then are randomly going to put it in your daily routine. Everything is going to end up really messy and at the end of the day, you might give up self-care and go back to your dreary lifestyle. We all don’t want that to happen. In fact, that’s the last thing on Earth that should.
So how can you avoid this?
Simple. Allot time to do this all. And if you think you can’t do this alone, because you lack the skill, download some apps! That’s what apps were made for.
Boosted is an app that tracks your productivity (so you don’t procrastinate) and shows you how much time you spend on your project or work.
With this, you’ll be able to plan and schedule your time thoroughly. That’s when you’ll have to proceed to Time Tune.
Time Tune is an app that displays your plan and alarms you when to finish one task or start the next one.
There’s a widget setting which can help you see it quickly on your phone.
I haven’t had these apps for a long time, but I’ve been using it for a few days now to assist me in both work and school. Life is getting better and I can guarantee that there’s less stress. The process is pretty gradual though as you adjust to having control of the time in your life and that’s totally fine. If you ever feel frustrated, take a chill pill by breathing. Your life is all going to be chill in the end.
#5. Read more on self-care.
Last, but not the least, is to read more on self-care. I won’t be able to sum up every single little thing in this article. I wish I could go on and on, but detailed books online and in the bookstore are the right tools to help you go on to prove your dedication to your self-care.
What’s fun about this is that you could go by the book or add a little you into the mix. Whatever fits you well will do good as long as by the end of the day, you can say you have taken care of yourself.