Self care is important. We all know that. But what does self care look like for you? What are the specific things that you need to do in order to take care of yourself? This is a question that a lot of people have trouble answering. It can be tough to figure out what your own needs are, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience with self care. In this blog post, we will talk about how to know what your self care routine should look like.
Understand Your Mind and Body Type
Before you can start thinking about ways to improve your mental and physical health, you need to understand your mind and body type. There are many ways to do this, but the concept of doshas can give you an excellent indication. According to Ayurvedic medicine, there are three types of doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. You likely have a dominant dosha, with the other two being present to a lesser extent. Once you know your predominant dosha, you can start thinking about ways to care for yourself that will work best for your body type.
You can also think about your mind type in terms of introverted or extroverted. Do you relieve stress best by being social with others or having time for yourself? Having this understanding of how your mind and body react to situations is the foundation of a good self care routine.
Balance Physical and Mental Self Care
Your self care routine should balance physical and mental activities. This might look like going to the gym three times a week and reading for 30 minutes every night before bed. Maybe it’s taking a yoga class and writing in your journal every morning. Maybe it’s talking to a specialist about TMJ treatment and cycling to work. It’s important to find a balance that works for you so that you are taking care of both your body and your mind because they have a two-way relationship and you can’t care for one without looking after the other.
Consider Your Lifestyle
Self care should reduce stress but it often does the opposite because people put too much pressure on themselves. Always consider your lifestyle when thinking about what self care activities to add to your routine. If you have a lot of commitments, you might not have time for a two-hour yoga class every day. That’s okay! Just find something that works with the lifestyle that you have.
Brainstorm Ideas and Experiment
You don’t have to get it right the first time, so don’t be afraid to brainstorm and experiment. There are endless possibilities when it comes to self care, so try out a few different things and see what works for you. Maybe you’ll find that you love getting massages or maybe you’ll prefer taking long walks in nature. The important thing is that you keep trying until you find something that works for you. Don’t be too influenced by what other people do to unwind either because you need to find what works for you.
Self care is important but it can be difficult to know what your self care routine should look like. The most important thing is to understand your mind and body type so that you can figure out what will work best for you.