To Care for Others, First Care for Yourself
We are all walking our own paths, and the road to healing isn’t always easy. One thing we all need to remember is that in order to help others, we must first ensure that we are maintaining our own light and keeping ourselves mentally sound. In other words, To Care for Others, First Care for Yourself. Here are some tips for keeping your mental energy in the right spectrum and walking the path of healing as we move into 2021:
Mental health and self-care practices are two sides of the same coin. There are numerous studies and research that indicate the connection between self-care and mental health. Self-care is the act of increasing self-awareness, which includes mental processes. Practicing self-care can then help you recognize your own emotional patterns. This means that when you become more self-aware, you can avoid the things that make you feel bad, and recognize the things that make you feel more relaxed or calm so you seek those things out.
Another way to take that step toward healing your mind is to assess your goals and how you can accomplish them. Focusing on the end result of your mental health journey can be helpful, especially if you break the journey into smaller steps that you can surmount bit by bit.
Sleep is a huge part of your physical health, but it can help you maintain a mental balance, as well, so striving to get a full cycle of sleep every night should be included in your self-care routine.
Cultivating a space that is conducive to good, quality rest is an important part of creating a healthy sleep schedule. You should transform your bedroom into a sleep-inducing space by using comfortable sheets and pillows, avoiding light disruption, and keeping the noise down. In addition, starting a pre-sleep routine (e.g., having nighttime tea, reading a book, dimming the lights, etc.) can help signal your body that it’s time to rest.
Mental and physical health has been shown to be inextricably linked. Eating healthy foods as part of a well-balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, and exercising are all ways to get your physical health in the right place — and they all provide a key component of mental health, as well. Practicing good eating habits and a regular daily exercise regimen is part of self-care.
An integral part of self-care is the maintenance of the environment around you. Creating a sanctuary out of your home is essential to finding inner peace and re-calibrating, even when the world seems unwelcoming.
Creating a positive atmosphere at home is an important step in the healing process. Decluttering, cleaning, and letting fresh air into your home can help you create the kind of sanctuary that will go a long way toward getting your mental energy in the right place.
There is a connection between clutter and the stress hormone cortisol. In other words, when your space is too messy, negative thoughts can spike. So keeping your space clean and clutter-free contributes to the positive vibes you need.
Staying in touch with the people you love most is also a form of self-care, and that’s especially true for families. Spending quality time with family members strengthens bonds and helps keep you connected, even when it takes place virtually. The biggest part of maintaining close connections comes from making friends and family a priority and putting time and energy into those relationships.
Use these healing tips to put greater emphasis on self-care and your own mental health journey. Once you are healthy and whole, you can turn your attention to others who may need help in this area.
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