A watch that stays on your wrist and tells you how many steps you have walked, how many glasses of water you’ve had, continually monitoring your heart-beat, breathing patterns and what not! The smart devices are all set to make you a ‘better version’ of yourself.
All these numbers help you keep track of what precisely you should do to stay fit. Little you might have realized that they are occupying a big part of your mind by creating a subconscious obsession of pushing yourself to ‘achieve’ the goals. Does it aggravate your day-to-day pressure by creating another set of expectations you need to comply with, falling short of which you will feel guilty?
Unfortunately, the answer is affirmative. In this way, you are fine-tuning yourself to stay busy all the more instead of giving yourself the time to relax. This has led to a significant increase in anxiety in the last few years.
The importance of beauty products
It is no wonder that your physical and mental well-being are intricately knit. How you see yourself has much to do with the impact it casts on your mind. There is no dearth of products in the market that bank upon your physical insecurities. You might buy a cream that makes your skin ‘appear’ radiant or a luxurious shampoo that makes your hair ‘seemingly’ less fizzy. Go ahead. What you need to stop and think for a while is- are they creating a ‘real’ change in your perception about yourself?
There is nothing wrong in pampering yourself with these products. The problem occurs when you conform to what is being sold- your imperfections and think that you can’t do without these products the ‘painted solutions’ to your problems.
This form of self-love is definitely not worth it. What are the other ways then to shower yourself some self-love?
Take small steps
Having a good self-image is not rocket science. Start with small things and see the change they create in your life.
The first thing to do is to indulge in self-talk. Look at yourself in the mirror and talk to the person you see in it- you. Take a little more than usual. Not for trying to perfect your winged eye-liner, removing your makeup or making an attempt to trim your beard perfectly- simply for gazing at yourself- the imperfect you: as you would be straight out of your bed in the morning. When you do this daily, you embrace yourself better each day for who you are at present- not trying to meet the ‘ideal’ expectations that are being continuously fed to you by external sources.
The things we see create an impression in our mind. Make sure you keep this self-love area free from clutter to avoid any distractions. Opting for a beautiful bathroom mirror cabinet would be a great way to facilitate this.
Do not underestimate the power of a shower
When you are feeling all drained out mentally and physically, convince yourself to take a shower. The effort you make to gather your energy would be rewarding. Occasionally, you can enjoy the company of soulful music while taking a bath. It will divert your mind from stress and help you feel relaxed so that you can do your remaining chores feeling all fresh and energetic.
Gift yourself a holiday
Forgetting about everything and giving yourself a break can do wonders, even if it is for a day. No matter how many excuses you have for not squeezing out time from your hectic routine, you genuinely deserve it. When stress continues for a prolonged period, it affects your well-being and significantly reduces your ability to give your 100 per cent, tampering with your personal and professional life.
If you still have apprehensions in your mind about the time you could devote to do other ‘productive’ work, remember that wellness starts from you. It is only when you are happy and healthy that you will be able to do justice to your loved ones. Start with culling out 5-10minutes and within a week it will look as important as submitting a project in the office or playing with your kids- the difference being it will enrich your mind and soul.