A couple of weeks ago, I came across a Facebook post about being “fake busy.” It says fake busy is when you pretend to be busy by working on useless things rather than important things and being productive. I couldn’t agree more.
In a world that constantly challenges us to be the best version of ourselves, it’s easy to get caught up with the “hustle 24/7” mentality. When our lives are filled with noise and chaos, we become easily stressed and burned out, which affects not only our physical health but also our mental health.
Don’t get me wrong. Hustling is good. It’s important to hustle for your goals. But when does hustling become detrimental to your health? When you get consumed by it that you no longer have time for yourself.
I am a firm believer in self-care practices. Prioritizing your health allows you to nurture your mind, body, and soul so you can restore your energy and be more productive. It all comes down to finding the balance between moving forward and taking a step back to relax and recalibrate.
On top of regular exercise, eating a balanced diet, drinking water, and getting enough sleep, here are five more self-care practices that I do regularly to boost my overall health.
If you’ve been following me on social media, you’ll know that I am a huge bookworm. I don’t read every day, but I try to pick up a book once in a while. Studies show that reading books reduces stress, alleviates symptoms of anxiety and depression, and increases your lifespan. Buddy read, anyone?
As mentioned in my previous blog, I have been journaling for a couple of months now to cope up with stress and anxiety. If you want to know the story of how I got into journaling, then check out this post.
My artistic skills may not be Picasso level, but I have always been into art since I was a little girl. Drawing and painting keep me calm and allow me to connect with my inner core. Creativity comes in different forms. If you’re not into drawing, you can try other creative activities such as photography, filming, playing musical instruments, cooking/baking, writing, crafting, and more. Whatever floats your boat.
I learned this the hard way. I used to always feel obligated to say yes when someone asks me for favors, even during weekends. I thought it would be rude and offensive to say no. There were a lot of instances before where turning down a favor made me feel anxious and guilty. But I soon realized that it’s okay to politely decline, especially when you’re feeling stressed and overworked. I learned that you shouldn’t force yourself into doing something just because you feel obligated to do so. Set your boundaries. Prioritize your mental health. You’ll thank yourself later.
The Art of Doing Nothing
This may sound counterproductive, but sometimes, doing nothing is the only self-care you need to reclaim yourself and restore your energy. If you just want to laze around on the couch or stay in bed all day watching your favorite series or playing mobile games, then do so by all means. As long as you’re not abandoning your responsibilities, then go ahead and give yourself a day (or two) to wind down and practice the art of doing nothing.
There are a million things you can do to stay healthy, happy, and resilient. Always choose yourself and make time for self-care.
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