We live in a chaotic, busy world and with the constant hustle and bustle of life, one may get easily drained and exhausted. Taking time for yourself is necessary to recharge, unwind and relax. That’s is self-care.

Self-Care

Self-care is curated to aid our personal, emotional, social, spiritual, and physical wellbeing. Routines help us feel in control and organized. That, in turn, increases our productivity and focus. Self-care is giving yourself time to pause. This routine is vital as:

It is good for mental and physical well being
Taking time to reflect on yourself helps in combating mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression. Incorporating activities also boosts one’s overall energy and increases happiness.

It leads to more self-discovery
Self-care is how you take your power back. By doing soul-nourishing activities and taking time to unwind, you get to discover more of yourself, triggers, and abilities.

It reduces stress
All work with no play makes Jack a dull boy. By pausing from our hectic pressure, we get time to relax. This, in turn, gives us a break from mental stress.

⦁ You will have more to give others
You can’t pour from an empty cup. By working on yourself first, you become more productive and gain more focus, thus able to listen and help others as well.


⦁ Boosts your immune system
Activities such as yoga and exercise increase your metabolism, thus boost your immune system.

The 9 Self-Care Tips

Here are some of the tips to adding a self-care routine to your day:

Stick to a schedule
Consistency is better than perfection. By remaining consistent with a self-care routine, you reap the full benefits from it. It also boosts your sense of responsibility and purpose in life.

Make a list
Write what you need to get done in a day. By so doing, you can complete your daily intentions and minimize mental stress. It also

Disconnect
According to Forbes statistics, Gen Z spends 9hrs every day on social media. In a world where 61.90% of the world’s population owns a mobile phone, most of us spend a lot of time on our phones and gadgets. Though challenging, you should try spending at least 30-45 minutes away from your devices. It’s self-care. Put your phone down, see the world.

Exercise
Exercises increase metabolism and boost your physical and mental wellbeing. Get your body active with a few works out sessions.

Get organized
It’s the little things. Spread your bed, wash your utensils, arrange your working desk. Be organized.

Meditate
Having a mere 30-minutes meditation goes a long way in being in the present. Meditation might help you clear your mind, relax your muscles, ease your mind, and soothe your soul. That’s self-care.

Gratitude journal
In everything, we have a reason to be grateful. Having a gratitude journal shows you are thankful. It also reminds you; you are blessed.

Healthy eating
Eating less-calories and fatty foods strengthens your immunity and increase your youthfulness. It, in turn, gives you good health.

Do something you love
Is it dancing? Gaming? Or do you have a skill? Maybe a dickey jockey? Follow your passion. Live in the moment and enjoy life. 

By Mourrine Wambugu, 22, a 4th-year Broadcast journalism student at Multimedia University of Kenya. She is a part-time decorations entrepreneur and a blog writer for the Jade’s Heart.