• Deanne Pandey

Does your Self care activity make you happy?

Self-care enables individuals to be conscious about their health and empowers people to have a greater role in taking care of themselves. It must be observed as a regular practice. One cannot stress on this enough. Self care means a lot of things to a lot of different people. But it’s not just eating right and breathing right. Sometimes it feels like we can get caught in the mundane routine of everyday life. We may even discover that the things that we used to find pleasurable aren’t so exciting anymore or that we cannot find the time for all of the things that usually fill up our cup. Below are some ideas to help you create new small hobbies and self-care strategies that can be implemented into your schedule, however possible. Each idea has a helpful tip to make it easier to implement, including if you have a limited schedule or need extra ideas. While the main goal of self-care is taking better care of yourself, a much-needed break can also make you a better partner, caregiver, employee, co-worker and friend. Most of the time, people just don’t feel like their self-care is working for them in the present moment. But almost everyone is able to list a lot of things they should be doing for self-care. Self care is a journey to find which activity helps you express yourself the best. More than this, it is imperative to come across activities that make you happy. That is why do not let anyone decide what should your go-to self care activity be. You can let go of your self-care shoulds. Please, just open a metaphorical window and toss them out. Write them down on a piece of paper and shred them. Stomp on them. Do what you need to do to get rid of them. There are two main reasons to toss your shoulds. First, pursuing a goal because you “have to” is difficult, demoralizing, unsustainable, and really no fun at all. Think about all the self- care shoulds rolling around in your mind. How often do you actually do them? Second, when you’re restarting your self-care journey, we want you to focus on doing stuff that feels good. There will be time, down the road, to learn to do self-care that doesn’t feel so great.

From now on, do not get carried away by self care suggestions, as these are merely suggestive. Do not let these define your perception of what makes you happy or brings to joy. Remember, self-care is anything you do to replenish your personal and professional selves. Do not exercise, if it does not make you feel better, do not read books if it does not make you happy. Perhaps distancing yourself brings you joy or maybe even skateboarding. Take up activities that bring about a sense of purpose and joy.

So, next time when you think of self care, let go of other’s definition of self care and ask yourself, “Is my self care activity joyful?”

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