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Many people struggle to find the time to take care of their mental and physical health. It is especially difficult for students and young professionals that find the need to prioritise their learning and work overwhelming. At the end of the day, they have little remaining energy and motivation to focus on themselves.
But, ironically, taking the time for nurturing our mind, body and spirits can help us be more effective.
Many people work with a trade-off mentality - in order to add one thing, we need to take time away somewhere else. There are indeed limits to our time, but this mindset stops us from making positive changes.
The solution to self-care is not to have a better routine. It is to change how we think. We have to reframe how we view the interconnections between the different parts of our lives.
We all have assumptions about what self-care should look like. But only you really know what your mind, body, and spirit need to excel. Maybe it's unwinding in front of the television. Perhaps it's finding a therapist to support you.
To help you understand what self-care looks like to you, start by noticing what makes you feel energised and what makes you feel drained.
Pay attention to how you think regarding making time for yourself. Many people believe they have to overhaul their lifestyle overnight, so they avoid making any changes.
Notice when your mind leans toward the all-or-nothing mentality. Then start to explore small, doable changes. Learn what works for you and what doesn't.
The most sustainable self-care solutions come from combining different parts of our lives.
For example, self-care time could enrich your career (a meeting while walking), support your town (tidying up the neighbourhood), or grow your relationships (streaming yoga videos with a friend or family member.)
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