It occurred to me that I only have one month and a half left of school. Reflecting on my experience here in DC for the past half a year, I’be come to realize that in more ways than one, I have changed and grown beyond even my own expectations. But in order to share my knowledge with you, one simple foundation must be set. I learned the importance of self care.
It’s so important, from the people you meet, to the projects you choose to pursue. If you don’t invest back into yourself what you give out, sooner or later, you will, and I mean you will, crash and burn. Being left to pick up the pieces of your life, you can’t help but wonder where you went wrong. Save yourself from that trauma.
Here are some key tips to consider, moving on with your life. You shouldn’t neglect self-care and here’s why:
Know your worth: Self-care is important to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself as it produces positive feelings and boosts your confidence and self-esteem. Also, self-care is necessary to remind yourself and others that you and your needs are important too.
A healthy work-life balance: Contrary to common belief, workaholism is not a virtue. Overwork, and the accompanying stress and exhaustion can make you less productive, disorganized and emotionally depleted. It can also lead to all sorts of health problems, from anxiety and depression to insomnia and heart diseases. Professional self-care habits like taking intermittent breaks (for lunch, calling your mom, or taking a stroll), setting professional boundaries, avoiding overextending, etc. ensures that you stay sharp, motivated and healthy.
Stress management: While a little dose of stress is a healthy way to give us a nudge that we need to meet the deadlines or finish that overdue task, constant stress and anxiety can have an adverse effect on your mental and physical health. Smart self-care habits like eating healthy, connecting with a loved one or, practicing meditation cuts down the toxic effects of stress by improving your mood and boosting your energy and confidence levels.
Start living, stop existing: Life is a precious gift. So why waste it when we have the choice to have a more meaningful existence? Yes, you have a lot of responsibilities— fixing the dryer, mowing the lawn, paying bills. But it’s important to remember that taking care of yourself is also your responsibility. Little things like sipping tea while looking at the raindrops racing down the window glass, enjoying a bubble bath, or reading a book are essential for your daily happiness. While things like taking up a new hobby or learning a new language can make your life more purposeful by giving you a new reason to get up in the morning.
Better physical health: Self-care is not just about your mental health. It’s also about caring for your physical self, by eating healthy, taking adequate sleep, caring about your hygiene, exercising regularly, etc.
No matter how indulgent or fancy the term may sound, self-care is crucial for our physical, emotional and mental well-being. Happy snow day!