Self care is the most understated kind of affection you can bestow upon yourself, and it is important to practice it often and as much as possible. To grow, heal, mature, nourish, and thrive, it is important to step back from your fast paced and exhausting life and give yourself the well deserved time off to replenish.

To be the best version of yourself requires you to practice self care on an everyday basis, and there is no better time to cultivate this habit than right now. Take the 7-day self care challenge and practice the following simple behaviours to care for your physical and mental wellbeing.

1. GIve yourself one goal to accomplish

Give yourself one small task to complete at the end of the day; this may be to water the plants or change the sheets- something you can do for no reward other than the satisfaction of doing it. Complete the task, and then take a minute to tell yourself you have done a great job, because you have.

2. Dress up and play nice

Wake up 15 minutes earlier than usual, or pick out your outfit the night before; wear the fancy pair of shoes you reserve for special occasions, or take some extra time doing your hair. Give yourself just a few more minutes than usual to dress in a way that makes you feel beautiful and spoilt. Remember to look great for yourself, so you feel great.

3. Go for a jog, or just walk

Move that body; exercise and get your heart pumping. Go for a jog at the park nearby or just take a walk to appreciate the flowers and trees and sky. Being outdoors is always refreshing for our minds that are generally contained within brick and mortar the whole day. If you get some sunlight, bonus point to you!

4. Meditate for just 5

Take no more than 5 minutes out, anytime you like- when you wake up or before you go to bed, and meditate. This does not have to be yoga or guided meditation with an app. Simply sit back for five minutes to recount everything you’ve done throughout the day and what is on your mind.

5. Fix your sleep cycle

No matter how tempting it may be to watch another episode in the night or hit snooze the next morning, choose to make the healthier choice by sleeping at the right time and then getting eight hours of uninterrupted sleep.

6. Don’t just drink water, hydrate

The two sips of water when you are parched are not enough, you need to hydrate properly. Keep track of how much fluid you are consuming through the course of the day. Keep a water bottle next to you at the desk, and take a sip every time you see it.

7. Organise the space around you

Take a minute to fold the laundry, organise the papers on your desk, and put your essentials in the drawer after you are done using them. Disorganised and cluttered spaces around us are often the reason we cannot focus and our mind keeps on getting distracted, so clean up and allow yourself some mental peace.

Are you ready to care for yourself? Making plans is one thing, living up to them is another. While it can be hard to be consistent, if you remind yourself of the reward at the end, you can keep going.

If you can win the 7-day self care challenge, you can win at life by becoming your own best friend and being truly self reliant and self sufficient.

Ritika Tiwari
Freelance Writer/ Blogger/ Content Strategist