When we think of self-care in 2020, it’s very easy to tick off a number of boxes that have the most important effects. Eating healthy and nutritious food, drinking plenty of water, getting enough quality sleep, exercising and taking care of our stress would be considered the big five. If a person can do those five things regularly, and with priority, their quality of living will increase dramatically, with a night and day difference.
That being said, it’s often the case that the conversation around self-care feels rather restricted to those topics. There’s little if any nuance in most conversations or advice columns that are published today regarding the more minute and unattractive forms of self-care, the habits that any growing adult needs to learn in order to correctly care for themselves in situations both predictable and unpredictable.
This means that self-care means more than the obvious, and it’s worth having conversations about this to determine exactly what we mean. As far as that’s concerned, the following advice should prove useful:
Taking Care Of Your Body’s Current Needs
Taking care of your body’s needs is tantamount to good, practical sense. We often think of this in the terms explained above. But what if a special consideration need be maintained? Our bodies are not machines after all, they are organisms, and this leads to plenty of complex considerations that may crop up from time to time. For instance, learning the blisters on sole of feet causes can help you ensure you prevent and then resolve this issue if you’re a regular runner or if just needing some relief. A little first aid kit, or stocking your cabinet with medicines, or simply ensuring good practical sense, through carefully learned skills, can help you aid yourself when in need.
Emotional Health & Care
Our emotions are a part of our health, and this means that being able to care for them, express them, or healthily address them can be important. For instance, settling grief may take some time, and is aided by speaking to a therapist, or having close conversations with those that you love. For instance, some may find that running a charity-half-marathon in honor of someone they have lost can help them seek closure in their own way. The more we care for and recognize our emotions, good or bad, the healthier we can be.
Managing Health Issues
When health issues spring up, we can find ourselves needing a different approach to self-care than usual. For instance, self-care means something different when sick with the flu, or dealing with a broken bone, than in your normal, healthy everyday lifestyle. Getting plenty of sleep, committing to strengthening exercises, taking our medication correctly, eating well, drinking plenty of water, keeping safe through staying hygienic, and doing what little we can will all help us move forward towards the best approach. The more you can accomplish that, the better you’ll feel.
With this advice, we hope you can always consider self-care as it needs to be considered, now, and conform it to your particular requirements.