As we begin to set our lives in tune with the new normal during this pandemic, things can sometimes get overwhelming. In such a situation, it is important to take good care of ourselves, not just of our outer appearance but also our mental and emotional well-being. It is essential to go easy on ourselves and to take some time out for self-care.
The term self-care is one of the most searched topics on the internet today. While the world is going through the pandemic crisis, self-care has proved to be vital for the well-being of an individual.
World Health Organisation defines self-care as “one’s ability to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health and cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a health-care provider”.
Taking care of one’s mental, emotional and physical well-being to reduce stress and anxiety, and promote happiness and boost positive feelings within oneself and towards others is what self-care implies. Self-care can be small changes in habits that can have a significant impact on one’s life in the long run.
As important as it is to practice self-care at an individual level, it is equally important for your family and loved ones, especially, during a crisis situation.
Many times, the words self-love, self-care and self-compassion are perceived as selfish and inconsiderate and thus, they tend to take the backseat. However, we say, it is okay to be selfish if it’s doing anything good to you. Showing some self-love can make you a better and more considerate individual. Just how plants need water when the soil feels dry, in the same way, it is important to take a step back and replenish yourself when you feel down.
During these pandemic times, here are a few self-care practices you can opt for:
Though Covid-19 has disrupted normal life, it has opened doors to many new possibilities. Self-care is one of them. This is the time you prove how much you love yourself. Don’t feel guilty because you are being ‘selfish’ for showing some self-love and always remember that if you are healthy (mentally and emotionally), you can support your loved ones.