I started this draft when I started my blog, almost eight months ago. This post and many others on similar topics are sitting in my draft folder. So now I am going to set them free!
Why self care?
And what I mean by self care?
By self care I mean taking care of the body and mind that houses your soul.
We can go without food for a few days and without water a couple of days so we are very particular about feeding ourselves and hydrating our bodies.This all is instinctive. And a very few people need to be reminded about eating food or drinking enough water to hydrate themselves.
Then when we are young, looks are very important for our self esteem so we spend time money and effort to look good. This too, at that age is an inborn instinct. Maybe a survival instinct as we need to find mates and propagate the human race.
So at our prime, that is the age when we have everything going for us, we are very good at looking after our bodies.
The issues or you may call it a problem arises when we start to age and at that time lose interest in maintaining our looks and/or good physical and emotional health.
Taking care of our nutrition and getting in enough vitamins can be enough to maintain good physical health. There are some special needs for our bodies as we age.
Calcium ; Sources are milk, dairy, fish, almonds and green leafy vegetables.
Vitamins D; Sunlight, enriched butter , eggs and supplements.
Vitamin B; Meat, whole grain, eggs and dairy
Iron and folic acid; Red meat, fruits like apples, pomegranate, green vegetables, almonds
Fiber; Whole grains, lentils, beans, vegetables etc
I will write separately about the dietary requirements as it needs to be explained properly.
Looking after our emotional well-being because more important as we age because there are chances of going into depression with increasing age. We are feeling poorly due to health issues and that contributes towards a decline in mental robustness.
I have written a post about maintaining mental health before but I will write about it in detail again later, as this is a comprehensive topic and needs more attention.
Grooming plays a very important role in lifting up our self confidence and gives a boost to our morale. As we age we loose color, from our hair, skin lips etc. Some people find it distasteful to color their hair and prefer to let nature take its course. For some dying hair is not a possibility due to allergy to hair dye. Whatever the reason, if you prefer your hair that way, it your choice.
But use cosmetics to give some color to your lips and face. It does wonders for our morale. Get a manicure or pedicure for a little pampering. Or you can do it at home, yourself. The point I am trying to make is that we should spend some time on self-care and pampering. It has tremendous psychological benefits.
I have been through the stage where I gave up doing things like self grooming for myself and noticed a mark decline in my mood. So I have a monthly ritual where I get my roots re-touched and get a menicure and pedicure. Sometimes a facial too. Believe me, it does makes a huge difference in how I feel towards myself and others too.
This is a very short post where I have just highlighted the main issues.
I will be writing more on them
Meanwhile, please share your thoughts and feedback in your comments