SELF CARE: The Ritual!

Self-care | 18th January 2022 | Virtual Wire

 

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In the past year, the importance of Self - Care has been emphasised more than ever.

Not only did this subject come into the spotlight with the waves of Quarantine and isolation due to Covid, but also with the extreme changes it brought along with it into the new year 2021 as well. Trends all over social media and other viewing platforms created content with regards to how one can take care of themselves during tough times, be it due to the lockdown or if an individual was facing a bad day.


The beauty of this idea of self-care is that it allows us, individuals, to slow our pace down and take time to rejuvenate ourselves. To be kind to ourselves on our bad days is even more

important and necessary than blaming or guilt-tripping ourselves for human emotions or situations that aren’t always in our control. The one negative in my opinion regarding this outburst of self-care is one that is particularly directed towards social media.

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All over social media, people and beauty gurus tend to promote self-care in a way where products from big brands and accessories for different uses are necessary in order to achieve the ultimate, perfect, social media trendy way of doing self-care. This is in my opinion taking away from that actual use and understanding of self-care. Self-care is a process where a person chooses to take care of themselves in a way that suits them. There is no right or wrong way in self-care. What works for one person might not necessarily work for someone else.


Social media can and definitely be a great place to seek inspiration, ideas or tips and tricks for self-care, but you don’t have to have that expensive jade roller or fancy yoga pants to be able to achieve self-care. Self-care is meant purely for a person to take care and be gentle with themselves. Some ways to take of yourself that have helped me during the lockdown and even in 2021 are -

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1. An easy way to take care of yourself, especially for your mental health, is to not check your phone first thing in the morning. Simply stretching and just sitting in bed instead of mindlessly scrolling socials will help you not feel overwhelmed first thing in the morning. Tying to the morning ritual of not grabbing your phone first thing in the morning, not scrolling through your phone at night, and going to bed at a decent time will definitely show wonders in terms of good sleep and feeling refreshed the next day. This also helps in not overstimulating your mind and ensuring a peaceful nights sleep and calm thoughts.


2. Drinking lots of water. This is one very small but extremely necessary and sometimes overlooked habit. Drinking water not only wakes you up, and rids your body of harmful toxins, it also keeps your skin clean and clear and helps your digestion. Drinking water also helps you feel less tired up and just keeps your mind feeling fresh and active.

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