The single most important person that you’re responsible for taking care of is yourself. From an inward approach, you can’t reach your peak mental and physical state when you’re not practising self-care. A better version of you is unleashed when you start taking care of yourself. From an outward approach, you can’t love people when you have not learnt to love yourself. You can’t take care of others when you barely know how to take care of yourself. As the popular saying goes, “you can’t pour from an empty cup”. Because of the important role it plays, this is going to be the ultimate guide to self-care.
As today is the last Monday of 2020, this is my last blog post of the year. I have decided to dedicate this post to discussing a concept that will enable you to make the most out of this new year: vision boards. I presume that there are many different things you’d want to achieve in the coming year. An effective way to tackle these goals is by physically seeing them and one way to achieve this is through the creation of a vision board. At the end of the blog post, there are going to be some vision board ideas for 2021 ☺️ So, let’s get started.
One thing that many people are sadly unaware of is the fact that our bodies communicate with us, in hopes that we will listen. Listening when your body communicates is one way in which you can manage your health, both mentally and physically. The body wants to take care of you, by taking care of itself, but it can’t do this without your help. Pay attention, and take care of yourself through listening to what your body is saying.
There is no one in the world who lives a perfect life lacking problems. Some problems are unarguably more intense than others, but no one is excused from the stresses of life. There is a young child who has had little to nothing to eat today and then there is you, who has failed an exam. Both these problems are extremely valid, don’t allow anyone to tell you otherwise. But do you know why the child who has had just a little something to eat today still has a smile on their face and you are sulking longer than you have to? Sometimes it all comes down to gratitude.
We can’t control everything in our lives. Many things have to be accepted as they are. However, there is one thing that we can control, and it’s worth more than the other things that we cannot: the energy we allow around us.
I learnt these two life changing phrases this year and yes, you read that right, LIFE CHANGING. What seemed like two silly phrases that you merely use to escape the reality of a situation became an easy way to remember one of the most important rules of life: change what you can and accept what you cannot. A number of wise people, who will be discussed in this post, have shared the same sentiments using different words. But the bottom line? It is what it is and we move.
Sometimes the strain you put on yourself is unnecessary and it’s important to know when you are in these scenarios. Unnecessary strain is usually accompanied by dreams of being successful, fear of failure or simply a need to be productive. However, the thing about putting unnecessary pressure on yourself is that it usually does more harm than good, especially for your mental wellbeing.
Journaling is a key that helps to unlock an emotionally smarter version of ourselves and unfortunately, many people do not utilize this extremely useful key. We can win the battles that go on in our minds when we’re stressed or we’re overthinking by taking out those emotions and putting them down on a paper or a screen through journaling.
It’s possible for a person to be going through life without ever having met themself. The whole idea behind meeting yourself sounds outrageous. After all, you’ve known yourself since the day you were born, right? Wrong. Throughout our lives, we meet different people and we create relationships with them.
In the middle of taking care of ourselves mentally, it is important not to put too much pressure on ourselves and understand that it’s perfectly okay to have a bad day. Not every day will be filled with rainbows and sunshine. We’re humans, and sometimes we will feel down. Embrace all those emotions and don’t try to sweep them under the rug.