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6 ways to practice real self-care and improve your mental health

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I cannot stress enough about how important self-care is. By self-care, I don’t mean expensive parlor appointments or massages or shopping or whatever. By self-care, I mean genuinely taking care of your health, physical as well as mental health. Self-care begins when you learn to love yourself. When you learn to put yourself before others. And no, that’s not at all selfish. Looking after yourself, making yourself a priority isn’t selfish. So here I’m going to tell you 6 ways how you can practice real self-care at home.

• Improve your diet

Everything changes when you realize that your diet isn’t just what you eat. It’s what you watch, what you read, who you follow, and who you spend your time with. If your goal is to have a healthier mind, start by removing the junk from your diet. Cut off those toxic people who drain you emotionally. Surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you.

• Set boundaries and protect them

You don’t lose real friends, real relationships, or real opportunities when you stand up for yourself and set clear boundaries. You lose all the toxic people, the abusers, the manipulators, the narcissistic people, attention seekers, and those who mess up your mental health. Anything that you lose when you stand up for yourself, it is something else that you’ve gained.

• Learn to let people down

You don’t have to please everyone. It’s okay to let people down sometimes. Your mental health is much more important than your career, your money, other’s opinions, and everything else. Learn to disappoint people sometimes if it’s for your well being.

• It’s okay to cry

Don’t bottle up your feelings. Crying doesn’t make you weak. It’s okay to cry if it makes you feel better. Write down everything that hurts you and cry if off for once. After that, never cry over the same thing again. Let it go.

• Make replacements

Proper and real self-care needs replacements. Replace your late-night Netflix marathons with an adequate amount of sleep. Replace all those fake influencers on social media with inspirational speakers. Replace toxic friends with mentors. Replace complaining about gratitude and appreciation. Replace blame with responsibility. Replace overthinking with action.

• Look forward to your future, don’t be stuck on your past.

Past can be really terrifying sometimes, but be glad it’s now over. You can’t change it so don’t stress about it. Your mental health will never improve if you keep searching for happiness in the same toxic people or places that you lost it. It’s important to look forward in order to move forward. You got this. No matter what you do now, it won’t change your past but it will definitely change your future. So work for it and learn to let go.

To all those reading this, you are loved and appreciated. Life is beautiful. Cherish it and take care of yourself.