The system we are living in can be quite nerve-wracking. It’s not like we are living in the 1950s or 60s. Let me explain a bit.
Before, people seemed to come back home forgetting all about work. Now, when you come back home, work stays with you all night and day long.
You worry about the deadlines, your colleagues, and your boss. The world we are living in is getting more complicated and demanding. Here are a few possible things you can do take care of yourself more. 1% improvement everyday is better than nothing.
I am sure you know this, and it has been written many times. Exercise should not be stressful, it should be enjoyable. Charles Duhgg’s The Power of Habit book says If you want to make exercise a habit reward yourself. For example, every time you exercise, drink a tasty juice or milkshake. Here you are not only enjoying the dopamine rush after the exercise, but you are rewarding yourself.
Go to the Sauna
Let me tell you a short story. Once upon a time I decided to sign up for kickboxing, and I noticed that the new gym had a sauna. I tried it, and it was awesome! Saunas are very healthy. The heat increases your blood circulation, so your body absorbs the nutrients faster. There are other benefits for the sauna like weight loss and skin rejuvenation. You can do this once a week.
However, if you don’t want to go to saunas, you can meditate five minutes a day. Mediation will help you focus and be calmer. When you mediate, you focus on your breath. This activity trains your brain to stay focused.
Read and be intellectually curious
Imagine that your brain is like a sponge that can absorb information infinitely. Do you know that your brain cannot differentiate between imagination and reality? Let me clarify, scientists found that the same parts of the brain light up when people imagine something as when they see it. Therefore, if you imagine your brain is always curious to learn something new, you will become more interested. If you don’t like reading books, you can watch documentaries. If you don’t like documentaries, watch short videos. If you don’t like videos, start talking to people who have different viewpoints. Being intellectually curious would not only make you more interesting – you would learn something new which is immensely important to the brain and it’s also part of self-care.
Spend some quality time with family and friends
Humans are social mammals. If you are an extrovert (like me), introvert, or ambivert, spending some time with family and friends would indeed make you happy. Sometimes I think the only real thing in life is time, so call that old friend you have always wanted to call. Call or text your parents and see how they are doing. By the way, no one loves you more than your parents. You can say the following. I learned this from Vanessa, she is awesome!
” Hi there, I was reminiscing about our old good times. I wanted to check in and see how you are doing?”
You are NOT your problems
I learned that recently, and I wish someone told me this a while ago because I am an overthinker, I try to resolve every problem I have in life. This has been taking so much from my energy and time. This concept can be cinch but it’s sometimes hard to digest. Let’s do something together, look at yourself in the mirror every morning, chose one thing you like about yourself, and say it. Also, I want you to bring a sticky-note and write the following “I am not my problems and I am enough.” If you look at this and say it every day, it would help you a lot. I’ve tried it and it worked well.
Self-love is crucial and everyone deserves love and warmth.