When it comes to self-healing, all of us have different choices, different needs, different wounds.

"Self care to me involves accepting all parts of the self and bringing all of those parts to light. It is more that just candles and bubble bath (which by the way are just fabulous), but it involves diving deep into the self, getting to know, understand and listen to all parts of you and accepting ALL of those parts. It can be hard work, but the results are LIFE CHANGING"!
Katherine-Elyse, Founder of Beautifully Nourished

SELF HEALING, by Ayesha Gulza

When it comes to self-healing, all of us have different choices. For you, it may be volunteering, writing, birdwatching, astronomy, a hot bubble bath, knitting, or a cup of hot tea with a good read, massages, or taking a bubble bath with a glass of wine. Whichever way you pamper yourself, it usually does not need good money. Self-healing can mean so many different things that improve the sense of happiness and gratitude by treating yourself and taking care of your physical and mental wellbeing and alleviating the hazardous effects of outer environment on your inner soul.

Here are some quick self-care habits that you can incorporate into your life to better care for yourself and improve self-healing from life's challenges.

1.  Walking

Walking can calm the brain without exhausting the body. According to multiple sources, it can feel meditative and boost mood, both in the moment and long-term.

2.  Stretching

Try to do a little stretching before bed to relax, rejuvenate, recover, and unwind the body. Mobility work is excellent, and it can help boost sleep, health and fitness.

3.  Reading A Book

Reading can benefit mental health by reducing stress, making you more empathetic, aware, strengthening your brain, and even helping to sleep better, stated by multiple studies. 

4.  Clearing Up Your Space

It might seem like a bothersome task, but is usually followed by serenity and a feeling of relief. Once you organise your home, work area, or even your desktop, it will clear your head and boost productivity.

5.  Sipping A Hot Drink At Your Favourite Place

Sometimes, a hot drink cup can be the greatest treat in a person's day, like a busy new mom, a student preparing for exams or an employee struggling with an approaching deadline. Enjoy that cup of coffee or tea and take a moment of relief for yourself at the corner of your home, cafeteria or office cabin. You will experience many positive benefits, such as decreased anxiety and improved digestion.

6.  Positive Self-Talk & Talking Therapies

There is no shame in admitting that all of us get caught up in a cycle of negative thoughts. Often, these thoughts feel like a burden of being defeated. Negative thoughts can become habitual if not stopped. The only way to stop them is to counter them with positive thoughts and boost your self-esteem. No one is useless, and all of us are doing our best. Never get yourself down with thoughts and worries about being judged. Shift your attention to all of the beautiful and positive things about yourself.

7.  Writing Down Your To-Do's Before Bed

Before going to bed, write down the schedule for the following day. The significant benefit is that once it goes out of the head onto the paper, you can sleep peacefully and not worry or dwell on what you have to do tomorrow.

8.  Expressing Gratitude Frequently

Expressing gratitude is linked with better physical and psychological health and improving relationships, and even better sleep. It can be something as minor as being thankful for waking up another day to enjoy the wonders of this world and spending time with family.

9.  Drinking More Water

According to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, dehydration can cause fatigue, issues focusing, and irritability, so load up on water to feel better all day. There are plenty of natural foods that can boost energy and improve our wellbeing, but there's no alternative to water.

10. Meditation and Contemplation 

According to Mayo Clinic, meditation not only reduces stress but can also help manage physical conditions such as chronic pain, headaches, and even sleep issues. I recommend that you should spare few minutes doing short breathing exercises or guided visualisations and see how it works for you.

11.Celebrating The Little Things

It's not every day that we get something big or a monetary boost in our accounts. Try to give importance to small things that make a difference. Remember, even a thousand-mile journey starts with a first step.

12. Doing Something Creative

Creativity is the best way to heal yourself and create inner peace. Whether it's writing, painting, or stitching, give some time to your passion. These are all free and a better choice instead of being on the phone all the time.

13.Trying Acupressure

Try some acupressure is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that involves putting pressure on specific points of the body to help promote relaxation and wellness.

14. Listening To Music

It is not necessary to buy an expensive ticket and go to a concert to reap the benefits of music. It can be very therapeutic to put on some relaxing music at home in any genre you find soothing. Soft and beautiful melodies decrease headache pain, lift the mood, and promote relaxation to ease tension.

15. Waking Up a Little Earlier

Get up early and seize the day —and see what a difference it will make. It might not be easy at first, but even just 15 minutes of free time in your day can feel like a luxury.
By Ayesha Gulzar, PharmD, Doctor of Pharmacy, Research and Medicine
Editor and Founder: Katherine Elyse Blake, BSC Nutrition, ANutr
Katherine Blake