Self-care is a deliberate activity we do to take care of ourselves. Self- care means being mindful of your own needs. We should also note that not all activities which we engage in and feel good about are actually good. For instance, you may love taking alcohol, but consuming excess alcohol can be self-damaging. This applies to over-eating and some other things you do in excess. Doing things in excess can be self-destructive, but moderating this activity helps to promote a good relationship with oneself and the people in our environment. Self-care comes in a variety of forms.
Eat healthy food: Eat that food you crave for! Take that drink you like but avoid what is harmful to your health. Get enough sleep, wear clothes that makes you feel good about yourself, practise good hygiene. Find/do a physical activity that works for you. Do something that energises your body. It could be swimming, jogging, stretching your body; you might not hit the gym. I workout in my home, so, it might work for you too. Do physical activity in your space. Exercise is a key part of self-care.
Intentionally make time for things you want to do. Practising self-care do not have to be a lavish lifestyle such as; going to the spa, doing facials, and so on. Self-care is being kind to yourself and taking care of yourself. It is the little things we do to feel better. When we practise self-care, we give ourselves the opportunity to discover how much we are worth. Remember, we only take care of things we love and I hope you love yourself that much to practice self-care. What do you feel good about? Do it!
Practising self-care enhances our self-esteem. It goes a long way towards discouraging negative self-talk and your critical inner voice.
When was the last time you played music by an artist you admire and you listened to the lyrics or maybe smiled as you sing along or even danced to it? We all have that inner child in us: wake it up! And do that thing you think you have outgrown.
Is there a book you have always wanted to read? Is there a movie you always looked forward to watching? Is there a place you have always wanted to visit? Create time and do this.
Self-care is not necessarily about you alone, although it involves you. Do you want to spend time with someone or a group of people that makes you smile? Create time for this activity.
I understand our busy schedules but make time for self-care. To do this, you must love yourself deeply. Self-care helps us to have a deeper connection with ourselves such that we are not lost when trying to please other people, but maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself so you can pass on the good feelings to others.
With these steps you can overcome low self-esteem. It might not be a rapid result, but when you keep practising for a positive change, consistently, you get a positive result.
Good luck! 🤗🤗🤗