More self-care for the new year

Krysta Anderson
Krysta Anderson

January 17, 2022

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If the global pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that taking care of one’s self should be a top priority. It’s easy to be swept up in the cycle of life. Work, family and other activities leave us so weary that we neglect the very core of our being. We made it to 2022, so let’s celebrate by making some changes and including more self-care for the new year.

Prayer and meditation: Before starting each day, instead of checking the time or activities on your phone, carve out some time for early-morning meditation and prayer. That way, you’re at ease and mentally aligned to kick-start and conquer any hectic day.

Practise self-affirmation: Many walk around with words of affirmation as their love language, but how many show that kind of care and affection towards themselves? Don’t be afraid to tell that honey in the mirror that you are beautiful, you are smart, you are powerful and unstoppable. It’s time to (wo)manifest success into your life.

Get active: It’s easy to make fitness resolutions, but hold yourself accountable by developing a practical exercise routine and sticking to it. That can be achieved by enrolling in a gym and joining a group or having a personal trainer. You may also create your own movement strategy from home, where it’s safe, convenient and cost-effective. Include unconventional activities like dancing; hiking; or running, if you’re a track star and walking if you’re not that far from it. Your mind and body will surely thank you for the time spent sweating.

You are what you eat: Consuming food is necessary for survival. But a major setback in self-care is making simple but significant mistakes like eating what you can, rather than eating what you should. Put an end to the mayhem by planning meals and purchasing healthier snacking options.

Schedule some ‘me time’: Giving to others has become second nature to some, especially those who wear the hats of employee, employer, mother, wife, or girlfriend. But before you assumed any of those roles, you were just you. So get back to that. Select a day or a time that works best for you and engage in a relaxing party of one. It might take the form of a solo movie night, a bubble bath or some light reading. ‘Unwine’ by popping a bottle of bubbly and enjoy your own company.

Treat yourself: Nothing says you love yourself more than scheduled pampering time. Make at least one day out of the month a special occasion and treat yourself to getting your hair and nails done or booking a well-deserved massage or facial.

Get a good night’s rest: For the mind and body to function at full capacity, getting your beauty rest is necessary. Eight hours are recommended, so aim for slumbering as close to that as possible. Finding it difficult to fall asleep? Clear your mind prior to heading to bed by abandoning all cellular phones and electronic devices. Pink noise or sleep music are welcome.

Break time: As children, educational structures included recess, break time and nap time. As we got older, we abandoned balance, and like hamsters on the wheel, we are running until we’re out of steam. Try to reclaim at least some semblance of harmony by taking breaks. You could grab a quick snack, have a dance break, sing a tune, take a walk, listen to some music, anything that will help you hit reset so that you can return refreshed.

Rekindle old passions and spark new ones: Reignite your former self by tapping into old interests. That could range from picking up paintbrushes or visiting a studio. Or, you could spark a new flame and challenge yourself with a new hobby. Life’s too short, so the sky’s the limit.

Photo by Brandy Kennedy on Unsplash.

krysta.anderson@gleanerjm.com

Krysta Anderson

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Krysta Anderson

Tackles sex and relationships with honesty and openness. For months, she took readers on a journey of self-exploration with personal dating column 'Single but Iffy to Mingle'. Now she's ready for an even bigger adventure.

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