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Thursday, March 02, 2017

Quit browsing the internet to find ways to give yourself the attention and care you deserve. Pearl Mathias asks therapists across the city to share self-care rituals you can use

Are you tired of making resolutions to put your needs first, only to find that you haven’t paid enough attention to yourself lately? Well, the first step to caring for yourself is being aware that you aren’t doing enough, so good job realising it! It’s time to set aside all those stressful goals and indulge in a mani-pedi or catch up on your favourite sitcom. To help you out, we asked a few therapists to share the self-care rituals that work best for them. And, if you follow them to the tee, you’re bound to start feeling better in no time. Read on to find out more about the secrets that they spilled.

BE GRATEFUL
Professor Dr. Rajan B. Bhonsle, a counsellor, M.D. and consultant in sexual medicine, tells us that he likes to practice daily gratitude. He suggests simply taking a little time out (even if it’s just ten minutes) to thank God or the universe for five things that you’re most grateful for. This makes him happy and also puts him in a meditative state. If you’re feeling down in the dumps, instead of complaining, try thinking of five good things that have happened to you during the week gone by. No matter how small they may seem, simply recollect and relive those moments. This can be practiced anywhere, and at any time.

Points to ponder upon

  •  Try to remember five good things that happen to you every day.
     
  •  Share your blessings with people around you and encourage them to do the same.
     
  •  Practice gratefulness, even on days when things aren’t going your way.

KEEPING IT CONSISTENT
Dr. Shefali Batra, a psychiatrist and cognitive therapist, as well as the co-founder of InnerHour and founder of MINDFRAMES, tells us that she prefers turning to yoga. “When I’m having a day without crazy work schedules, I try to do as much as 90 minutes of yoga.” Another thing she likes to do is spend every day trying to be a little better than she was the day before, because she thinks this is an important way to beat your own standard instead of trying to compete with someone else. “Yoga is my go-to ritual. If I’m having a bad day, I practice yoga, because it makes me feel as though, no matter what, this is something I like doing and something I’m good at. I’ve had my share of good and bad days, but I can overcome any obstacles to do something that I have committed to.” Try to find something to commit to on a daily basis such as doing some amount of charity work, reading a good book or taking care of animals for a little while. Whatever you take up, ensure that it helps you feel more alive.

Points to ponder upon

  •  Try cooking a new dish every day or reading a new health tip, which you can then incorporate into your routine.
     
  •  Learn to embrace yourself as well as the mistakes you have made instead of being bothered by them.
     
  •  Be consistent with whatever you have committed yourself to.

BALANCING PHYSICAL & EMOTIONAL ISSUES
Pratishtha Trivedi Mirza, a psychologist at InnerHour, tells us that when it comes to self-care, she likes to focus on her emotional and mental health. She begins her day devoid of stress, enjoying a cup of tea as she takes in her surroundings. She tries not to check her phone first thing in the morning, and instead, prefers to sit in peace for anywhere between half an hour to 45 minutes. Another thing she likes to do is talk about her concerns and problems so that they are not bottled up, which could lead to worry and frustration. She adds that you can’t have a healthy mind without maintaining a healthy body and so, it is equally important to take care of your physical wellbeing as well.

Points to ponder upon

  •  Try to maintain a healthy lifestyle without skipping meals and make sure you get adequate sleep every night.
     
  •  Take some time out to do something you like doing every day.
     
  •  Listen to soothing tunes while sending out mails at work, because music prevents you from getting too worked up when you don’t receive the responses that you want.

PRACTICE MINDFULNESS
Psychologist and career counsellor, Kavita Mungi, tells us that first and foremost, she treats herself with love and respect, which means accepting herself just the way she is. This also includes respecting her body and keeping fitness and healthy food habits in mind. She also cares for her mind and soul by practicing yoga exercises or mindful meditation. Another thing that helps her is travelling, exploring and enriching herself through the process.

Points to ponder upon

  •  Try making new friends as well as connecting with old ones whenever you can.
     
  •  Try music therapy, which will help keep you calm.
     
  •  Make sure you take time out for yourself amidst your hectic schedule.
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