When we talk about self-care, the first thing that comes into your mind is sitting in a bath filled with milk and strawberries while sipping from a wine cup. Well, that sounds relaxing, but it isn’t what we’ll be looking at today. Self-care is more than showering yourself with love every Friday, or shopping and taking yourself out to dinner when you feel down. Self-care is more than clothes and food. So, sit tight, and let us give you all-round self-care tips for young adults and help you improve your life. You don’t want to miss number 18.
1. Take a break from social media
This one almost sounds impossible, right?
I mean, I spent my entire day on Twitter, tweeting and retweeting people’s tweets. We just can’t take our fingers off the bird app.
We want an escape from the real world; things that take our minds off the real struggles. Social media provides just that.
We can scroll through pictures and throw shades at strangers who we may never meet. But, is this healthy?
Studies have shown that excessive use of social media hurts your mental health.
While you may feel motivated by looking at Kylie Jenner’s social media account, some other people experience depressive symptoms and change in self-esteem. At the end of it all, most people become addicted, scrolling, and scrolling all day.
You can dedicate an hour at the end of the day or whenever you’re on break. You do more damage when you spend all day on it.
P.S Any form of addiction is unhealthy.
2. Spend time with friends that keep you going
Do you prefer to stay alone?
You put your phone on airplane mode so no one can reach you. Or if they try to reach you, you just turn down the volume and place your phone face-down on the bed.
Do you try to push everyone away?
Being a lone-ranger isn’t so bad, but it isn’t healthy when you take it to the extreme.
Healthy friends are important for great mental health. Hanging around people who treat you well will not only improve your self-confidence but also reduce anxiety and stress.
Why sit all day thinking about life when you can laugh with friends and have healthy discussions that might just change your perspective about life.
Never outgrow good friends. You shine best when you’re surrounded by good people.
3. Let go of toxic relationships
Unfollow them on social media and just keep that toxicity away before it seeps right through you. Haha!
If you have friends who constantly treat you as if you’re underserving of love, push them away.
You deserve peace.
You don’t need friends who look down on you or frown whenever you succeed at anything. No one should remain with people who make them feel like they will amount to nothing.
Don’t take any bad attitude from so-called friends.
Remember, you’re in this world to live your life. Don’t live on anyone’s terms. If you’re not on the same frequency, there’s no harm in going to positive people that will encourage your growth.
4. Read something
Tell me… When last did you read a book?
Will you rather scroll through Instagram than pick up a good book to read?
If you said yes, then you need to make some changes today.
You must have heard the phrase ‘readers are leaders.’
When you read, you open up your creative mind, you get new ideas, and develop new ways to execute these ideas. Reading also improves your mental health and sleep.
A study performed on 3,635 people by Yale researchers showed that reading improves your concentration, thinking skills, empathy, and emotional intelligence. Ultimately, it can help you live longer.
Start with 2 books a month. By the end of the year, you would have gone through 24 books.
5. Keep a journal
A journal allows you to properly manage your daily activities and improve yourself.
Journaling allows you to access your inner life. With a journal, you can track your behavioral patterns and see things that you can improve on.
It is like your personal therapist. Just tell it everything that happened, and you’ll get a better insight into things when you read it back to yourself.
Getting a journal is very cheap, so if you’re not using one, you should get yours today.
I don’t mean you should go to the gym every morning to build all the muscles in your body.
You don’t have to become a bodybuilder to stay fit.
Try not to remain on the bed or glued to a chair all day. Go outside, take a walk with friends.
You can go cycling or dance in your bedroom, but don’t stay in one place for too long.
Exercising reduces stress and anxiety and boosts your mood. It also improves your self-esteem which results in a healthier and happier life.
7. Take some time to relax.
So, you had a very stressful day, and you get back home only to go out to party with friends.
You give yourself only 4 hours of sleep daily, and then you’re up again, scrolling through Instagram.
Lack of adequate rest and sleep will tell on you after a short while. Someone who is stressed may start getting angry more often, losing concentration, and feel irritated at everything.
You need to put down whatever you’re doing and just take some time to rest. Sleeping for at least 7 to 8 hours daily will get you feeling fresh in the morning.
8. Reflect on the day and be grateful.
Do you complain more than you show gratitude?
Are you always grumbling about how life sucks and why so many things are not working for you?
Oh dear, you are doing things the wrong way.
When you wake up, be grateful you got to see the new day. Before bed, be grateful you got to live through the entire day.
Be grateful for every small thing that happens in your life, and stop worrying about the ‘big’ things.
People that show gratitude for every positive thing in their lives are usually happier than those that grumble all day.
9. Play. Get creative!
Want to know one way to take the edge off a stressful day?
Do something you haven’t done before or something you rarely do.
Throw on that apron and bake a cake, or get even more creative and paint something.
Doing these activities help you relax. At this point, you’re not thinking about aby struggles you’re currently facing, you just want to make the most beautiful cake or painting.
It’s great to know that you haven’t got it all handled. No one can handle everything life throws at them.
Although not everyone is religious, saying a word of prayer assures you that it will pass. Whether today, tomorrow or a few months later, that issue won’t be an issue anymore.
11. Take away those things you don’t need anymore.
Today is the day you declutter.
Many people stock their wardrobe full of old clothes. I’m sure you’ve not used some things you own for years.
Give out things you don’t need anymore. Don’t store 100 old clothes in your closet while only wearing the 20 new ones you got.
This pertains to every aspect of your life.
Create a checklist and remove everything you no longer need. You’ll see that you have more space and will feel free and better. Moreover, you feel better when you donate these items.
12. Learn to say NO!
I have many friends to do things they are totally against – all because they could not say no.
Do you have that friend who always bugs you for something you’re reluctant to give?
Instead of postponing every time or going ahead to do things you detest, just say no.
It might seem hard now, but you’ll discover that when you start saying it frequently, you’ll feel much better. You’ll only be doing things you want to do, and this will give you peace of mind.
13. Start a side hustle.
If you want to make some money at a young age, then you need to start a side hustle.
Start a small business that doesn’t require a lot of capital. You can go into dropshipping or affiliate marketing.
You can also take a course and gain high-income skills like copywriting, content marketing, or web designing. These will open up new opportunities and you can start some freelance work from home.
Check out the trends in the labor market due to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
14. Stop taking sugar.
Drop that soda bottle and get bottled water instead.
Studies have shown that excessive sugar intake could lead to depression and anxiety. Maybe that’s the reason you’ve been feeling down lately. Who knows?
Sugar also has detrimental effects on your health. It has calories, so it causes weight gain, tooth decay, and also type 2 diabetes which makes you prone to heart disease.
So, reduce your sugar intake. Opt for fruits and water to stay hydrated.
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15. Maintain positivity always.
Want to feel good every day?
Then keep up that positive spirit. When you think positive thoughts, your body releases more endorphins that keep you energized. Jessica Pryce-Jones, author of Happiness at Work and CEO of iOpener said in a Forbes article that “People who are happiest at work have 180% more energy than their colleagues who are least happy.”
Staying positive also reduces stress and makes you smile more. Without negative thinking, you’ll be able to identify and take on more opportunities and squash every challenge that comes your way.
16. Don’t forget ‘Me’ time
Are you always surrounded by people?
Sometimes, you just need to be alone. Say NO to hangouts with friends or any other gatherings people have packed up for you.
During ‘me time’, you can do so many things including reading a book, enjoying a hot bath, and even just watching TV on your own.
This time allows you to reflect on several things and also make new decisions. Having people around every time hinders this.
It’s great to have fun with friends, but take some time for yourself too.
17. Confide in someone.
Now, don’t go bottling up all those emotions and feelings inside you.
Find someone – a close friend or family member that you can confide in. Although you may have your journal to record these things, talking to someone you trust is also a great way to get a different perspective of things.
Or maybe you just need someone to listen.
Having negative emotions stored inside you will only stress you. Find that person you can confide in (and also confides in you).
18. Stop procrastinating
This is the biggest enemy of youths.
And this is why many people don’t achieve as much as they planned to.
Instead of pushing your duties to the next day so that you can spend the day having fun, finish your activities today. Tomorrow never ends. You can keep postponing something for weeks or even months.
This just delays the outcome.
If you want to achieve successful results on time, complete your tasks on time.
19. Eat breakfast
Do you skip breakfast and only eat lunch or brunch?
It’s time to add breakfast back to your diet. Eating the right foods for breakfast will give your body energy to keep you active during the day and also improve your focus and memory.
A healthy breakfast will also ensure that you remain in a good mood all morning. So, you don’t get irritated by little things. You’ll be ready to conquer any obstacle that comes your way when you have good food in your stomach.
Volunteering is one of the self-care tips for young adults that many people ignore.
The good thing about volunteering is that it benefits you and the community.
How does it help you?
Helping people is a way to relieve stress. You feel better when you connect with other people or even with animals.
Also, knowing that you’re doing good boosts your self-confidence, prevents depression, and reduces anxiety and anger.
So, get out there and use your time to help others.
You’ll enjoy it.
What activities do you engage in to improve the quality of your life? Share with us in the comment section.