I get it. Self-care is so hard.
We all live very busy lives and it’s not always possible to take a few moments out to assess our own well-being. But there are a few things that we can do to make sure that we stay physically and mentally healthy, a few baby steps that we can take to look after ourselves.
And the easiest way to do that is through a little bit of good, old-fashioned self-discovery. Asking yourself a certain set of self-care questions every day, until you automatically start following this self-care routine, can really turn your life around, even if it’s just by a small margin.
The way I see it, even a small victory is better than nothing at all, especially when it comes to self-care and self-love. So here are a few self-care questions that you need to ask yourself every day until you don’t feel like you need to anymore:
1. Is there anything I need to get off my chest right now?
This is so important because anything and any amount of things can happen in the span of 24 hours. So if there’s anything at all that you need to get off of your chest, dump it all out in your journal, or a paper that you want to throw in the trash can. Or just talk about it to someone you really trust, even if it’s just the plushie sitting on the corner of your bed.
2. What needs to be prioritized today?
Drowning yourself in work without an actual plan is never a good idea because all you’re going to end up doing is stressing about what needs to be done. Soon enough, everything is jumbled in your head and nothing makes sense, and all you want to do is cry. To avoid all that drama, try asking yourself what’s the most important thing that needs to be done today, and then work your way down from there.
3. What’s on my mind right now?
It’s simple: you cannot focus on your work, or exam paper, or lecture, or wherever you are in life right now if your mind isn’t there. Whatever is on your mind at the moment, ask yourself, be honest and sort it out before you can move to whatever it is that you’re doing. Having a clear head can help you focus so much better than having a clouded head will.
4. How do I declutter?
Decluttering can mean anything. It could simply mean that you’re thinking about a lot of things that are, frankly, useless to ponder over, or it could mean that you have a messy room that you need to declutter, a wardrobe that needs a major upgrade because you’ve been clinging to the so-last-season for a while now, or a friend who’s just toxic to be around. Just throw it all out. You deserve much better than that.
5. What made me truly happy today?
The only way to move ahead is by counting the things that really matter in life. So, even if you had a bad day, take a minute to think about the smallest of moments that made you happy today. Even if it was just short-lived. The more we are grateful for, the more we have to be grateful for. After all, even the mightiest of storm clouds always pass; and even if they do leave destruction in their wake, recovery is possible.
The more we start paying attention to ourselves, the more we see that we are all worthy of love. I know that self-care isn’t always happy but think of it as a jig-saw puzzle. You may take some time to piece the puzzle together, but the whole process is so relaxing.
Look inside. That’s where you’ll find all the real dirt (and treasure).
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