The world can be an exhausting place consider the inequality, heartache, anger and fear. All these can be too much to handle. It can be exhausting place especially for people who work to fix it and strive to live kindly and consciously. Taking care of yourself is an elusive idea! Almost everyone preaches the significance of self care but only few people can actually explain what it is. Usually, these include healthy eating, meditation and exercises. Most of these are easy things and enough to unwind our self from a day’s stress and heartache.
But you should consider this thing- “when you give and give there will be nothing left if you don’t bother to put something back”. In short, you should replace it with something new. This is what I can make you understand as per intellectualism but emotionally, it is not that simple to understand. An understatement, right? Now consider when you are exhausted to the core, how will you muster the energy to create a new life to put inside yourself?
For me, the old standards will never ditch. I can simply renew myself or rather my energy by going out for a walk and feel refreshed and rejuvenated. Or a day out with my besties, that’s what would put back my energy. (P.S: I mentioned besties and not friends, here I emphasize please don’t consider going out with people who would drain your energy with their negative vibes!) I rarely feel myself repaired after sitting by a candle or with the typical raindrop meditation sound (often it makes me feel anxious). I still struggle to find ways to take care of myself but it believe it is essential to sustain my goal to live authentically.
In order to show up to my life, I need to follow a few steps for self care and well you too might need to. Here I won’t be listing the classic ways to take care of yourself, since I believe it won’t work for everyone. Yes you read it right, many a times you may have come across certain articles stating the usual self-help tips diminishing the individuality. They ignore the fact that every other person has a unique set of requirements, experiences and expectations. What I’ll be listing about the self care will help each one of you to explore what you need by finding the ways to provide yourself with the fuel you need to refill to perform your work of existence.
Below is the list of top 5 meaningful ways to take care of yourself:
1. Acknowledge That Things Are Tough
You can’t predict or control another person’s response but sometimes, you can feel the healing power when you let the person hear what is in your mind or heart. There is an incredible power in using your voice to claim what exists in you and it is equally important to make it known to the people surrounding you. But again, refrain yourself from expressing your anguish or hatred (spreading negativity) to the people. After all, there are better ways to express your opinions.
2. Ask For Help
The moment you identify your needs then ask the other person to help you meet your requirements. After all, we work to build an intentional community that follows the concept that we all are connected and moving through the work and earth together. In reality, most of us even struggle to take care of ourselves in this heartbreaking world. But when we find our self in this community, we will begin to grow and heal ourselves.
3. Accept Vulnerability
Most of the times, we will view vulnerability as weakness since we’ve learnt that it means inferior to those who are viewed as strong. But in reality, vulnerability is a strength- it is in fact a strong reminder that we are real and we authenticate ourselves. It is a reminder that we are very much alive and we are doing the work we have been assigned to make this world a better place. Although, we may not do it perfectly, but you might have heard “To Err Is Human”.
4. Cultivate a Routine Involving Both Rest and Play
Now both rest and play mean different things to different people. For me, rest indicates guiltless engrossing myself reading a fun book each night for about minutes before bed even when I read throughout the day and my work. For some people, rest could mean watching an episode of a mindless television show and resting- taking a nap on the bus while commuting from the work. All in all, you should find a way to include a rest period in each day. Play can mean enjoying playing soccer or a game of cards with your neighbor.
5. Do What Is True To You
Think what really matters to you, talk about it and if you like writing, well do it. Act in ways that makes you feel most authentic to who you are and who you want to be. When you have found a career or a hobby or an opportunity which makes you feel alive, don’t forget to incorporate self care into your daily lives. Each one of you have experienced those days where you feel completely draining but try working it out by acting radically and you will feel rewarding and fulfilling. When you reject the expectations of others, instead make a choice of your actions as per your own deepest values and goals, then you will make yourselves and the world more complete.
Remember, self care will take time since it is an art and you refrain yourself from the need to do it perfectly. We all need to find sustainable ways to take care of our minds, bodies and spirits so that everything works in conjunction to do the work of living our lives to the fullest.
These are just the top 5 ways to take care of yourself. What are some other ways that work for you? You can share them in the comments!
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