Self-care is the foundation to thrive in your life (personal and professional). Taking care of yourself means paying attention to your physical, mental and emotional needs. Self-care promotes the production of “feel-good hormones” in the body resulting in healthier body and mind.

In this article, we will discuss the reasons you should pay attention to self-care, and what are the ways in which you can achieve it.

Following are some techniques that you can incorporate in your life to help you relax:

Giving your brain a break is of utmost importance, and yoga or meditation gives you a chance to be at peace with yourself. You can select from the plethora of videos available on YouTube and follow your preferred routine at your own comfort.

Make a list of things that bring a positive attitude in you. There are many variations to this. You can make a list one-time, daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly, but the point of this exercise is for you to realize what makes you happy so that you can pursue those things.

Like the above point, making a list of your pet peeves or the things that trigger stress will help you pinpoint the reason of your stress, and you can work towards relieving it. Ripping up the paper will help you vent out your anger and release some of your stress.

Find a hobby: It could be anything, painting, sketching, singing, dancing, writing, and reading. Hobbies are a great way to de-stress and they let you indulge yourself in creativity.

Listen to relaxing music with your eyes closed. Music can be therapeutic and help with decreasing your stress. Some people find listening to music very peaceful and calming.

Massages calm your nerves and release the built-up stress gradually. Even a half-hour session can do magic. Massage can be from a friend or partner

Walking is one of the most used stress-busters. You can de-clutter your thoughts and find peace among nature while walking. You can also pair it up with some music.

Playing with a furry dog or cat is going to melt your worries away. Spend some time with your pet and notice the change in your stress levels.

Taking a break is extremely important. You can just take some time alone with yourself or with your friends, whichever makes you more comfortable and happy.

Bubble baths (what a great idea!) relieve you off all your stress. Sit in with a magazine or some music to make it more therapeutic.

Do not be afraid to follow your cravings and make/get yourself anything you want. Be kind to yourself and reward yourself.

You do not have to rush through your early morning routine monotonously. Give yourself some time and talk to yourself about what you expect from the day. You can also incorporate yoga or meditation in your morning routine.

Events such as karaoke slam poetry, debates, and art exhibitions can change your mood, you can take part in such activities and socialize with people who share your interest.

If you take care of yourself, you are not only being kind to yourself, but you are preventing yourself from future mental problems. These tips are easy to follow and will assist you in keeping the stress at bay.