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SELF-CARE CHECKLIST: HOW TO TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES?

The body is your temple and so let’s treat it with the respect and care that it deserves. Self-care is a tiny step towards the beginning of the care that it requires. To simply put it, self-care is a way of life to listen to your mind and body and take steps to ensure its well-being. It is a way of life so that when you wake up the next morning, you feel better and appreciate the world around you. Even though it may seem like a selfish and self-centered act, in reality, it is an act of self-preservation and is an easy process if you follow the simple Self-care-checklist.

SELF CARE CHECKLIST:

Physical Health

  • Movement
  • Nutrition
  • Sleep

Emotional Health

  • Positive Self Talk
  • Digital Detox
  • Emotions Check-in

Mental Health

  • Gratitude
  • Meditation
  • Journal

Physical Health

1. Movement

Exercise should be a priority. Movement doesn’t necessarily mean hitting the gym. Many bedsides or even stay-in bed movements can be practiced throughout the day. Adding the combination of outdoors through activities such as cycling, brisk walks or slight jogging can further uplift your health.  It will help you feel happier and fill you with positive energy to conquer the day.

2. NUTRITION:

Let me start by breaking the bubble that although take-outs are delicious and a hassle-free way of getting food, they will NOT help you with the care you need. Simple and easy self-cooked meals are a great way of keeping yourself fit and picking up on new skills. The sense of achievement of eating a self-cooked meal is a rewarding experience on its own.

3. SLEEP:

After a long and tiring day, we love to binge-watch shows and movies all night. Although fun to do so, it will always leave you tired and unfulfilled. So, instead hit the bed and get some sound sleep and shake away the tiredness of the day.

Emotional Health

1. POSITIVE SELF-TALK

Making a habit of giving yourself a pep-talk and saying affirmations out loud after waking up helps to gain a jump start to the day ahead. It will surely help to keep an optimistic outlook on the day and boost morale.

2. DIGITAL DETOX

It is important to take a break from digital media platforms including your social media accounts and OTT platforms. Take a walk in nature, indulge in some cooking, or have a talk with your friends and family.

3. EMOTIONS CHECK-IN
Take a break in the day simply to assess how you feel. Emotions check-in will help you to take things slow and understand your state of mind and health.

Mental Health

1. GRATITUDE
With so many things going around you and so swiftly too, it’s important to express gratitude towards the things you have. It will help to improve your mood, reduce your stress and make you have a more optimistic approach towards things.

2. MEDITATION

Although it may seem it takes long, even 5 minutes of meditation in a day can go a long way to help remain calm and peaceful throughout the day. There is no said time to do so, this can be done whenever you get time during the day. It will help you feel rejuvenated instantly.

3. JOURNAL
Ending the day with a heartfelt journal entry helps to wear off all the excess burden of the mind and helps to organize the mind before sleep. It doesn’t need to follow any structure. It might even be a drawing as long as you pen something down.

Summary

Take good care of yourself, your body, your mind, and your emotions. It is only if you are connected to yourself that you can connect to the things around you.
“Self-care is never a selfish act – it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give the care it requires, we do it not only for ourselves but for the many others whose lives we touch.”
― Parker Palmer, Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation

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