As a regular (maybe obsessed) twitter user, I often stumble across quotes – quotes which really can have an impact on how you live your day-to- day life. I follow an amazing page which goes by the name of @PoemsPorn where I found the quote by Meredith Marple which instantly caught my attention.
“Self-care isn’t always manicures, bubble baths and eating healthy food. Sometimes it’s forcing yourself to get out of bed, take a shower and participate in life again.” Here are some Self-Care practices you probably didn’t know was Self-Care:
1. Choosing Friends and Partners
Sounds cliché – I know. But did you ever stop and think about the keyword – Choose! If that lifelong ‘friend’ you’ve had does nothing but make you feel like crap – don’t be afraid to let them go and the same goes for relationships. The company you keep really does have an impact on your own life.
2. Managing Your Finances
Make a list of your monthly outgoings, keep track of your finances and plan ahead – think twice before making a purchase. Just because you get paid next week, it doesn’t mean you’re on an automatic quest to spend every last penny in your bank this week.
Try and stick to your schedule; you believed you could achieve everything on that schedule when you wrote it down – so what has changed now? Whether it’s a study timetable or clean eating or exercise – you’ve got this! Also learn how to say ‘no’ – Don’t feel guilty for putting yourself first.
Take time out to focus on yourself – this will prepare you for your next move. Whether it’s ditching a night out once a while to stay home and recharge or waking up an hour earlier than usual to evaluate what needs to be done today; both will have a tremendous impact on what you get done on that day.
5. Quality Time with Quality People
Sometimes it’s so hard to balance the studying, working and catching up with friends – but our family always understand and never expect you to put them first. I find spending time with family (and friends who know you best) can be very refreshing as you don’t have to pretend anymore – they understand and won’t judge you the real you.
I can’t stress how important sleep is – a lot of us prioritise studying over sleeping, but personally I cannot read a single sentence if I am over-tired. Lack of sleep will no doubt have a negative effect on exam performance, so even though easier said than done – manage your study time around your full night sleep not during, with Step 3 it is more than achievable.
The truth is self-care shouldn’t at all be limited to pampering, luxurious face masks and cleansers – but because it generally is – many of us aren’t giving ourselves enough credit for how we look after ourselves every single day; take a minute to sit down and look at how far you’ve come, be proud of yourself and already you’re mastering the act of Self-Care.
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