Here are 11 Self Help Practices you Must Adapt in 2022

Jan 10, 2022   |   8 min read

 

Here are 11 Self Help Practices you Must Adapt in 2022

 

Let’s be honest, 2020 and 2021 have seen such massive changes and it is impossible to deny that that has taken a toll on our lives. We are not just recovering from the physical setbacks but also the emotional and mental challenges that the pandemic brought. From learning to maintain our eating habits to fixing our sleep schedules, Steve from Blue’s Clues rightfully pointed out that “it has been hard”.

However, it is not just about the pandemic that has changed our lives. Now that the world is moving to a new normal where we are relearning how to participate in activities that just seemed so natural pre-COVID, we should also allow ourselves space to grow. The fast pace of the transition means that we have to cope with the changing world while taking care of ourselves. But, more often than not, we forget to do the former.

Taking out even an hour from the daily routine for yourself seems like such a chore that you just end up doing nothing and start all over again the next day. While it is important to be at the top of your game during every stage of your life, it is also equally necessary to ensure you don't face burnout. If you are permanently exhausted, no amount of even the best self-help books is going to help. So, in 2022 you should vow to be kinder to yourself and put your own health before taking additional responsibilities.

We have compiled a list of ways which you can use to do so and ensure that you get plenty of self-help with such practices.

1.Sleep Enough

There is nothing that can disrupt your routine like not getting enough sleep. Your body feels tired, your eyes are swollen and you are unable to get any work done if you are not well-rested. This is why 2022 should be the time for fixing your sleep schedule.

 

Obviously, you cannot fix it within a day but no matter how much effort it takes, you have to ensure you are sleeping a healthy amount. This means working on your diet and remaining properly hydrated. Also, try to cut down on your intake of caffeine as that would prevent you from a good night’s sleep.

 

2.Eat Well

Food has a very long-lasting impact on not just your body but also your mental health. When we eat oily and greasy food, it tends to bloat the stomach and release toxins that affect our hormones. This is why it is important to eat healthily and most importantly, opt for the food that makes your stomach feel full.

However, this does not mean that your mental health is completely dependent on food. If you feel any other signs of depression or anxiety, visit your nearest therapist or and try to get better with proper help.

 

3.Work Out

We cannot emphasize how important this is for you and your body. A lot of people follow exercise schedules because they want to lose weight. While this is a good enough reason, it shouldn't be your ultimate goal. Physical fitness is a must if you want to lead a long and healthy life.

 

You don’t have to do anything extreme. Just take a walk every day for 30 minutes after returning from college or work or join your local club for tennis or squash. This would help your muscles become flexible and in the later years, you would be thankful to yourself.

 

4.Prioritize Yourself

A lot of us have this problem where we find it difficult to say no to others. This usually stems from people-pleasing issues because you don’t want to disappoint them or radiate any sort of energy that would make them dislike you. However, this often leads to exploitation and the worst part is that you can’t blame anyone because you agreed to it willingly.

 

Instead of developing burnout and anxiety after saying yes, a simple no can do wonders in your life. Of course, it would be difficult initially but that just means that you will have to practice it more often.

 

5.Travel With Yourself

Clearing your head from the stress and burdens of life is quite important. We often underestimate the power of fresh wind and some alone time and how much of an impact it can have on our lives.

 

There is a reason why therapists suggest trips to mountainous areas to people who are severely depressed. The change in the weather and closeness to nature has a calming effect on you and they don’t even have to be very expensive. You can just take a weekend to visit the next town or drive down to the beach.

 

6.Take Breaks

We understand that 24 hours seem like a very short time on some days when you have to get a lot done. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to invest every minute of every hour working. In fact, you will notice your productivity-boosting when you take small breaks instead of stressing out over all the tasks. It is always nice to ensure you have enough breathing time so no matter how difficult the day is, don’t over-burden yourself.

 

7.Get a Pet

The greatest gift you can give yourself as is a pet. For people who are afraid of being lonely, a cat or a dog can become their lifelong partners. They are always available for you, love you unconditionally, and when they are happy, you feel like you are in control of your life.

 

You can cuddle with them and take care of their routine as this is known to reduce feelings of anxiety and loneliness-triggered depression. However, make sure you are also available for them and they don’t face any neglect on your bad days.

 

8.Organize Yourself

If you feel like you are losing control over your life, make sure you clean your room and do the pending laundry. People who are known to freak out over things not being in order often leave their stuff messy for days because of the perfectionist syndrome.

 

So, when you sort things out, it actually feels like working on tangles one by one. You don't even have to spend a lot of time finding your stuff in the morning as it is all neatly placed and that is a trigger of serotonin for most people.

 

9.Cook for Yourself

It is common knowledge that many people consider cooking to be therapeutic because just like many other activities, it involves working with different items to create something new. This can have a direct impact on your self-worth as you would feel accomplished and proud of yourself.

 

The best part is that instead of eating take-out or microwaved food, you would get to eat actual healthy dinners that your body will love you for. However, we understand that if your daily schedule is hectic, this cannot be a daily occurrence. Do try to test out your skills on weekends and eventually, you will fall into the routine.

 

10.Read More

We spend so much time in front of the screen that all we do is think about the content that the timeline throws in our faces. While it is good to release the exhaustion of the day by scrolling through your Facebook, reading can actually help you in a much more positive way.

The self-help books for women are available at all the book stores near you so no matter what problem you are facing, you will probably find a solution there. It would also be a good way to get into reading because if that is also your New Year's resolution, it would be a treat for you.

 

11.Journal

Many therapists suggest that writing down your feelings can have a positive impact on your mood and it also helps you compare the rest of your days with the present. Just get a pen and a paper and jot down everything of importance you witness that day. On a bad day, this helps you connect with reality and reminds you of times when things were working out for you so you can become hopeful.

So, these are some of the self-help practices you can observe to start a great 2022.

Frequently Asked Questions

It keeps you mentally, emotionally, and physically stronger so you can work to your full potential.

There is no wrong or right time to start self-care. Acknowledging that you need to take care of yourself is the first step.

Don’t listen to the news all day and focus on building your hobbies so you stay busy.

Start by initially taking out time for yourself, no matter how busy your day is.

First and foremost, you should fix your sleep schedule and get into the habit of staying hydrated.