If you’re not sure where to start with self-care, stick to the basics at first.
These activities are to help manage your physical health, and will also impact other areas of your life. Exercise, if you’re able. Eat the recommended amount of fruits and veggies every day, rather than filling your body with junk food. Sleep eight hours per night. Drink water. Address any issues you’re having with ongoing pain or physical discomfort.
In order to really begin the hard work of self-care beyond maintenance of the physical body, it’s important to have an understanding of who you are, what you enjoy, and that you feel your life has purpose and meaning.
At times, we follow other’s self-care routine and fail to understand that activities and behaviors that work for them might not work for us, and vice versa. You alone have the ability to know what you need and enjoy in relationships, spirituality, and inner psychology.
Mary McCoy gave an insight into the kind of questions to ask yourself to begin homing in on the self-care practices that can make difference in your life:
What do I most enjoy doing with my time?
What activities make my heart feel at rest and at peace?
When do I feel the most full of life and well-being?
When do I feel the tension release from my neck, shoulders, and jaw?
What am I doing when this tension goes away?
Which people provide me with energy, strength, and hope, and how much time do I spend with them compared to the people who drain my sense of well-being with negativity and guilt?
When do I feel my life is full of purpose and meaning?
When you are able to answer these, you will understand yourself better, and devise better ways of doing those things that make you feel good. Now, you have moved up from body care to mind care. However, when the mind is well cared for, it reflects on the body.