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16 Mar 2023

How to practise self-care in your busy life

Life can be a juggling act, leaving little time for self-care. However, it's crucial to make time for yourself to maintain your health and wellbeing. Here's how to do it, according to experts.

Changing your perspective

When you think of self-care, what comes to mind? One of the most common barriers to self-care is guilt, according to experts. Of course, making time for yourself means prioritizing your needs and desires – but it’s about respecting yourself, not indulging yourself. It's not optional, and it's not a sign of weakness or vanity.

Be as intentional as possible

Rather than being something you do only when you feel overwhelmed, self-care can be a regular practice to stay healthy and balanced through life. In other words – as this interesting article on Forbes points out – self-care is a discipline, not an indulgence. It requires a bit of tough-mindedness, as well as personal understanding of your priorities. So, make self-care as regular and intentional as possible.

Look for ways to center and ground yourself

Have you ever heard of ‘centering’ and ‘grounding’? These two concepts are often confused, as this recent article from Psychology Today explains. The goal is to find ways to first center yourself and then ground yourself. These could be anything from yoga and walking through to breathing exercising, practising gratitude, or even having your own morning ritual.

Incorporate self-care into your life

Many people think they need a whole day for ‘me time’, but even just a few minutes every day can help. The beauty of developing a self-care ritual is that, after some time, it becomes a habit. Just make sure you keep your goals realistic and measurable, and adjust your routine as needed.

What to do if you lapse

Remember: lapses are okay. Just adapt to your new routine rather than give up. Small acts of self-care are about forming positive habits, not "improving" or "treating" yourself. By making "me time" a priority, you're putting yourself first, even if only for a few minutes per day. This can lead to mental health benefits, such as less stress, more focus and creativity, and stronger relationships. It’s about a new you. 

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