At Dlyted, we’re all about giving back to the causes and organizations that will make the world a better place. However, we’re also all about giving you the tools necessary to help you give back to yourself!
Why You Should Be Prioritizing Self-Care
In order for you to be at your best physically, emotionally, and spiritually, you need to be prioritizing and taking care of your mental health through self-care.
There’s an analogy that we can compare self-care to – “You can’t pour from an empty cup.”
The same is true for your overall mental health. You can’t give kindness, positive vibes and happiness if you’re drained, depressed, and struggling.
Think about it… When was the last time you did something just for you?
It could be anything like:
- Made your bed.
- Practiced yoga.
- Donated to a cause or organization you care deeply about.
- Went for a walk.
- Took a hot bath.
- Watched your favorite TV show.
If you can’t remember the last time you filled your cup (aka prioritized your mental health) – you need to get into the habit of practicing self-care, pronto.
So, what is self-care?
By definition, (and according to Dictionary.com), self-care is “care of the self without medical or other professional consultation.” It is something that should be considered a divine responsibility, sort of like putting your mask on first on an airplane before helping others.
And, why is self-care so important?
Self-care is important because it helps you maintain a healthy relationship with yourself! You should be your best friend. As you practice taking care of yourself, you will constantly produce positive feelings and experience boosts in your confidence and self-esteem.
It also gives you the opportunity to be reminded that your needs – physically, emotionally, and spiritually – are important.
Self-care can be all encompassing or if it’s easier to focus on categories you can do that, too.
To make the concept of taking care of yourself a bit more digestible and not overwhelming, we’ve broken it down for you.
3 Self-Care Categories:
This form of care is… you guessed it – all about your physical well-being. From eating healthy and exercising regularly to prioritizing sleep and taking care of your health. Everyday you should be doing something (even if it’s minor) to improve your physical health.
Your emotions can be all over the place from day-to-day. We all have our ups and downs. By taking care of your emotions you’d be learning to manage your anxiety, anger, sadness, and any other emotion that is making you feel less than 100%.
You need to be:
- Setting boundaries with people who are not supportive or positive forces in your life.
- Take some time (even 20 minutes a day) to rest and recharge.
- You could even journal!
Self-care that is spiritual can include anything that makes you feel whole and complete. Many individuals feel so much better about different aspects of their life once they take some time to mediate, connect with nature, practice yoga, volunteer, or donate to their favorite causes.
If you’re still unsure where to start…
Here are 10 simple self-care habits that anyone can do:
- Go for a walk.
- Meditate or sit in silence for five minutes (that means NO phone!).
Choose who you spend your time with.
- Use Dlyted when shopping, so you can feel good about the money you’re spending by donating your Dlyted points to your favorite causes (like Feed A Billion, Mental Health America, etc.)
- Give yourself a break when you need it.
- Eat at least one colored fruit or vegetable a day.
- Stop overthinking – just go with it.
- Take a hot bath.
- Clean your sheets and make your bed.
- Don’t check your phone after 8 PM.
The most important thing to remember is that you should never force yourself into practicing self-care. Like anything – if you treat it as a chore, it won’t become a habit. It will lose all of its value, and you will be right back at square one.
We believe self-care should be relaxing, enjoyable, and down-right easy!
Here’s one last tip: Schedule time everyday (even just 20 minutes!) to do one little thing that makes you happy.
If it puts a smile on your face, it’s worth sticking to.
So, what’s your favorite form of self-care? We want to know! Comment below or connect with us on social media to tell us how you give back to you.