self care

Guest Post: 5 Self Care Habits For Living A Healthy Life Daily

Today we have a guest post from Riyah Speaks! She is a lifestyle blogger who talks about the importances of self care & our mental / physical wellbeing. I hope you enjoy reading her post & to check out her blog!

Our lives are so jam-packed with business and chaos that we tend to put ourselves on the back burner sometimes. Regardless of who you are, you should always put yourself first. As I mentioned in my post about the dimensions of self-care, not practicing self-care can lead to mental health issues, sickness, and even death. 

Self-Care isn’t a chore that must be completed at all times of the day. There are simple and quick ways that you can practice self-car without interrupting your daily routines or work schedule. Here are 05 self-care habits for living a healthy life daily. 

Daily Self-Care Habits To Use 

Practice Deep Breathing 

When you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax, and this message is sent to the body.  It also comes with major health benefits such as pain relief, improved immunity, lower blood pressure, posture correction, and increased energy.

Here are a few deep breathing exercises to try

  • Focus on positive imagery
  • Slow down your breathing 
  • Alternate breathing from nose and mouth 

Practice Gratitude

Being grateful means that you focus on the positive aspects of your life without contempt. Gratitude celebrates what you can do now, and avoids dwelling on decisions you could have made previously. The point of practicing gratitude is to get in the habit of changing your mindset, blocking negative energy, and gaining a higher sense of self-worth. There are many ways to cultivate gratitude, and my favorite way is with a gratitude journal. 

Take Breaks 

Taking breaks is important for maintaining your emotional and mental wellbeing. It allows your brain to recover from being overworked and stressed. It’s important to take breaks as necessary to avoid experiencing mood swings, lack of motivation, and extreme exhaustion. Taking breaks regularly increases productivity, boosts mood and energy, and helps to maintain your body’s performance throughout the day. Take about 10-15 minutes a day to be with yourself and to do nothing. Trust me, it’ll help you in the long run. 

Journal

For the sake of mental health, everyone should journal. Journaling helps with clearing up scrambled thoughts and ideas, boosts creativity, and comprehends your emotions. 

Take some time before and at the end of the day to reflect on your mood, mental state, and health. Think about why you’re feeling a particular way and what you can do to address those emotions. There are many different styles of journaling such as: bullet journals, art journals, diaries..etc. Find the format that works best for you and your wellbeing needs. 

Eat Healthy and Drink Water 

It’s important to eat healthy and drink water whenever you can. Healthy eating and drinking water leads to an overall healthier lifestyle and decreases your chances of developing obesity, diabetes, certain cancers, and high blood pressure later in life. Also, studies have found that making healthier drinking and eating choices boosts self-confidence, self-love, and self-worth. 

Why is Self Care Important?

Self-care is important because it helps you maintain a healthy lifestyle.  It helps you to produce feelings of happiness and transmit those feelings to the people around you. With our daily schedules becoming jam-packed with school, work, and family, it’s even more important now to make sure that you take time off to practice self-care and to be alone. 

I get it. Sometimes you just don’t want to or don’t have time. That’s why you must find small and convenient ways you can incorporate it into your daily routine. Self-care isn’t meant to be disruptive or inconvenient to your life. It’s there to relieve the pressure off your back and to make being active easier. 

AUTHOR BIO

Hi! I’m Seriah Sargenton, but my friends call me Riyah. I’m the writer behind riyahspeaks.com, a self-care and wellness blog dedicated to helping women to healthier and more fulfilling lives by practicing self-care, self-love, positivity. I have a degree in Journalism and have a strong passion for helping others. I hope you enjoy my perspective on life and find the strength to overcome life’s obstacles.

Self Growth

I Wrote In a Gratitude Journal for an Entire Year & This is How It Went

At the start of last year, even before all the Covid talk came to fruition, I was in a place in my life where I needed more gratitude. I was someone who struggled with wanting the next best thing instead of being blessed for what I had in that present moment. It was weird because I found myself to be a positive & happy person, but the urge of never feeling fulfilled started to eat away at me.

In the past, I was that girl who kept a journal or “diary” if you will. But I cringe at the thought of those years because I would only write about the really shitty moments & drama that filled my teenage mind, like whether a boy didn’t text me back or not. I never thought of simply writing down the good things.

And let me tell you, (not to sound dramatic) but it really changed my outlook on life. I always knew I had plenty to be grateful for. But it’s human nature to focus on those prominent issues in life. My problems became the forefront to my identity which in turn caused me to have low self esteem. Not to mention, people’s words can be incredibly hurtful. By focusing on gratitude, I was able to gain that confidence back & blow off any ignorant comment that was causing me to feel stuck. And I’m not saying people can’t hurt my feelings, but it definitely takes a lot more to get me flustered.

It’s amazing when you simply ignore the judgmental comments & focus on the positives (even the smallest of accomplishments) you begin to grow stronger. The more positive I wrote, the thicker my skin became. I started to see the talented woman I am & all the amazing attributes I do bring to the table. I’m ok with owning my confidence & feeling proud of who I am. And even if I’m still a work in progress (I mean, who isn’t?) I have the strength to power through.

I have always struggled with vulnerability (mainly with relationships) & being honest with myself. So, when it came down to writing these statements, it was actually really hard. It started off simple like “I went to Starbucks & got a chai tea latte.” Being honest with myself & realizing that was the highlight of my day was a hard pill to swallow. I thought my days had to be filled with huge accomplishments, otherwise I was a failure. But eventually, I grew to accept the simpleness to my life & the statements became more profound like, “opening up about my feelings & sharing those struggles helped me grow as a person.”

But regardless if the statements were simple or deep, I started to appreciate all of them. I don’t know if you all have seen the new Pixar movie, Soul. But it’s definitely a film directed to adults. Life is so much more than what you do, your status & what you’ve accomplished. Sure, those things are still important. We have to make money to live right? But that’s not the end all be all to life itself. I think the reason I stopped being grateful was because I thought I needed to accomplish such great things to feel fulfilled. I needed the title that would make heads turn, I needed to show off the money I have & those simple pleasures weren’t something to boast about. But you know what? As I said in a previous post, I think we need to celebrate those small victories more often. Once we acknowledge those small wins, we can start to have gratitude for everything in our life. And in turn, we can start living happier.