Self-Care Tips For Inner Care - Tay Meets World

Self-Care Tips For Inner Care

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#Self-Care has been on trend since quarantine started by May. I think it's safe to say most people really evaluated how they take care of themselves and made sure to spend extra time during quarantine to do so. I have always spent time "taking care of me" in a sense...but never time to take care of the inner me.

What do I mean by this?

No lack of regard has been taken on my hair/skin/nails...ever since I can remember, I have always prioritized skincare, haircare, and nail care. I never really though, have prioritized my mind, body, soul so to speak. I always thought if I took care of the outside me, the inside would just work itself out. That's simply not the case. I realized last year that I have to prioritize time on the inner me, rather than the outer me.

Here's how I'm doing so:

1. Meditation or Gratitude Practice: I cannot stress either of these enough. This year (for most of us) has been cumbersome with turmoil - my mind runs rampant most of the time trying to figure out "what to do, or what's next." The only way I find that I can accomplish the tasks at hand, think logically through the day, rationalize certain situations, and prepare myself to handle anything else on-coming is by calming my mind. I do this through meditation or gratitude practice. My gratitude practice involves righting down my goals daily, writing down what I'm thankful for, journaling, praying, listening to uplighting music, and truly finding the positives the day has to offer.

I've tried Headspace before for meditation, if you are prone to anxiety, this app is incredible. Meditation or yoga are great ways to relieve your body of unwanted angst you are feeling and again, prepare your mind to tackle the day logically and rationally.

2. Finding Your Balance: As silly as it sounds, my balance is with nature. Whether I'm running or walking outside, I don't feel like myself if I don't do it...I feel off-balance. I've read somewhere that my Enneagram (1) loves to be "one with nature." This is so true! I feel rejuvenated and motivated. Running and exercising outdoors has become one of the only ways I can clear my head - it's truly for my sanity at this point.

Commit to finding your balance. Maybe it's taking a bath 3x a week with candles and nice salts/bubbles. Maybe it's a girl's night once a week or major cheat day on Friday with movies and food of choice. Maybe it's reading your favorite novels or listening to your favorite podcasts. You have to commit to finding that thing that makes you feel "whole" -- that makes you feel "balanced."

Similarly to when you have the capability of calming your mind, you are able to tackled your day with a renewed and rejuvenated mindset.

3. Fueling Your Body: You will (or already have) heard this time and time again - how you fuel your body is a direct reflection on how you are able to get through the day. Inner self-care is establish even more-so when you fuel your body with the proper nutrients it needs. It's the same thing as drinking water. Your body craves all the vitamins and nutrients it can get - when you deprive it of those things, it's naturally going to be unsynchronized and inharmoniously work against the ideal you have in your head of living a healthy lifestyle/practicing self-care.

I eat my fruits, vegetables, protein, and healthy carbs - and I drink water. There really is no way around this. Blend it together, drink it in a chocolate shake - just get your nutrients. Your mind will feel sluggish when you don't.

4. Sleep: I talked about sleep before but I know, when I'm stressed/anxious about the impeding, current situations - I need sleep. The only thing to rest my mind is to ensure I'm getting 7-8 hours of rest! That, or I will slip in a nap when I can. Even though I'm getting sleep, when I'm incredibly stressed I have insane dreams. I wake up slightly bamboozled but grateful for the night's rest. 😂

5. Listening To Your Mind/Body/Soul: When you've mastered all of the above, you will find yourself in a place where you will truly be able to listen to what your body needs. A few years ago, I would've never achieved this. I wasn't taking care of my body, I was eating like crap, sleeping on average 5 hours, I wasn't practicing gratitude, I wasn't exercising, etc., etc., etc.,

You can still prioritize yourself even if you are married, in a relationship, have children. Sleeping when your kids sleep, waking up an hour earlier than they do, getting your S.O. onboard to workout together or cook together. Find ways to incorporate the things your body needs in your daily life.

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