5 Ways to Practice Emotional Self Care
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
Who you are is enough to make you a better person in terms of physical, mental, and emotional aspects. Only you can decide who you should become.
Emotions play a very important role in everyone’s lives. For you to feel good emotionally, you have to practice emotional care and here are five practical ways to do it:
Learn to say yes to yourself and no to others
Most of the time, you think about what others might feel or think about the actions and decisions you’re making. To avoid being judged or disliked, you tend to say no to what you truly want just to please other people.
Put your own needs first. This is not an act of selfishness, but rather a practice of self-respect. Honor and respect your emotions. There’s nothing wrong with giving, as long as you give yourself more.
If you’re uncomfortable when people ask you a favor, politely say no. If you feel like their opinion is out of the line, courteously tell them that you disagree.
Know that it’s important to put boundaries between yourself and others. This will protect your energy and help you discover yourself deeper.
Although you have to put yourself first in most cases, you can still be generous and can still love unconditionally. The greatest gift one can give to others is unconditional love. By that, it means giving without expecting in return. Doing so will make you a more compassionate and caring person.
The universe has its own way of giving what one deserves. Do you believe in karma? Do bad, worse things will happen. But when you do good, better things will come to you.
Life is all about making choices. The decisions you choose to make will pave the way to what is meant to happen in your life.
Give yourself space
Failure to give yourself space can lead to emotional exhaustion. Once you’ve reached that point, you might experience burnout. But don’t worry, there are easy tips to overcome emotional burnout, and one of those is to make a way to schedule your “me time”.
Do the things you love, tap into your creativity, take a vacation, or eat the foods you like. You can even stay at home and binge-watch your favorite series all day while drinking or eating whatever you like.
Disconnect from other people and your responsibilities every once in a while because you deserve that mental and emotional peace.
Practice self-compassion daily
Admit it, there are times you’re being too hard on yourself because you’re trying to be perfect when perfect doesn’t even exist.
You judge and criticize yourself because what you think you’re doing is not good enough. It could be something you’ve been doing for years but you still feel mediocre. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.
Accept and be true to yourself. Look in the mirror and talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.
Once you accept that you’re not perfect, you’ll find it easier to love yourself more.
Be careful of your thoughts and actions
How you think affects how you feel. And those emotions trigger your actions.
When you’re mad or hurt, you think recklessly. The result? You either hurt someone back or make the situation worse.
If you’re too happy, you decide quickly. Then what happens? Promises are left broken or you might end up regretting the commitments you’ve impulsively made.
Either way, there are consequences for your actions. And you have to be responsible for each of them.
If you make mistakes, lighten up. Again, you’re not perfect. Be reminded that you’re only human and for as long as you can take another chance, you can do better next time.
Rest and self-care are both important for emotional health because you cannot serve from an empty vessel.
When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to appreciate and see who you really are. This way, you can love your family, loved ones, and friends better because you’re emotionally equipped.