Self-care might be hard to achieve when you’re a busy professional. With deadlines upon deadlines, presentations coming up, while you still have to be mindful of your bills, chores, and responsibilities at home, chances are you might not be too hooked up on taking good care of yourself.
Skipping meals and just drinking many cups of coffee in a day to keep you going, switching showers because your “this will just be a second” nap as soon as you get home actually gets you waking up the next morning still in your work clothes from the day before. Oftentimes, work gets in the way of the more important thing to attend to, which is self-care.
Because how can you show up to work refreshed and renewed if you’re stuck in the same slump you were the day before?
Being busy is not an excuse not to take care of oneself. In fact, being busy is actually one of the reasons why you should prioritize your self-care because if you’re not taking care of yourself, how can you get the job done?
Take Deep Breaths at the Start and End of the Day
This is a way to look back on your innermost being and relax.
Most of the time, people think meditation takes up so much of your day when actually, just taking deep breaths slowly is already a type of meditation, the Balanced Breath and 4-7-8 breathing methods could actually be done in a minute and can do so much to improve your well-being.
Organize Your Apartment
Some people might not consider this a way of self-care, but if you’re living in an apartment, cleaning it and keeping it organized is actually a way to revive your energy. If you’re in an iffy and unorganized place, it can affect your thoughts and energy.
By keeping your things tidy, it can be a breath of fresh air and even be a source of relaxation and new inspiration. Having cluttered surroundings can cause your thoughts to be cluttered as well, so keeping your apartment clean and organized is actually a good way to ensure self-care.
Make a To-Do List that You Can Easily See or Have Access To
Unknown to many, procrastination is actually an additional source of stress. Because of lesser time to accomplish the task at hand, stress piles upon the individual. This is where making a to-do list is helpful.
May it be on your phone, planner or even on a desk calendar or whiteboard on the wall, or just your refrigerator, by having easy access to a to-do list you can easily see and tick things off from, you will instantly have a brighter mood by seeing the things you have accomplished.
It can even renew your energy for the next task coming because you are reminded of your accomplishments.
Drink and Eat Healthy
This may seem like common knowledge, but not everyone is mindful of what they eat and drink in a day. Eating and drinking healthily have a lot of good effects on your body. By drinking a lot of water, you can stay hydrated and energized throughout the day. It is also a way to take care of your skin.
By eating healthy food like home-cooked meals instead of buying fast food all the time, it is also a way to take better care of your health as you avoid unnecessary extra fat and cholesterol. Eating healthy food like fruits also helps ensure that your skin, nails, and hair gets the nourishment they need.
Self-care really isn’t as tedious as it seems. Even if you are so busy, self-care is something you can do in the middle of your tasks. Because who better take care of you than yourself?
These simple steps and efforts help ensure that you can do your task better. Because by not taking care of yourself, you are just showing a tired version of yourself to work that lacks refreshment and energy.
Oftentimes, people think self-care takes up so much of your day, but these steps are things you can incorporate even into your daily routine. Taking care of yourself doesn’t always have to be on a grand scale like going on vacations or taking a day at the spa. Sometimes, just ensuring that you are still in line with your innermost being and that you live in a clean home at the end of the day and eating healthy food, you are already taking care of yourself.
Sometimes, it is not that easy to see because these tasks may seem mundane or simple, but they actually help ensure your well-being.
At the end of the day, it is still much better and easier to take care of yourself through these simple steps instead of having to call in sick due to stress and miss more of your work. This is a reminder to take necessary breathers.