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Self-Love Tips: Surprising ways to practice self-care

We are all always looking for ways that will help us sail through challenging times, that will improve our ability to face life’s ongoing challenges in any circumstance, especially amid the Covid-19 pandemic that has shifted to uncertainty Due to daily routines, financial pressures and social isolation, one may experience a combination of emotions such as stress, anxiety, sadness, fear and loneliness. Our hormones play a big part in how we feel, and self-care can help manage mood swings.

In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Chaitanya Ramalingegowda, co-founder and director of Wakefit.co suggested, “An ideal self-care routine should include recreational activities and hobbies that help everyone stay focused, rejuvenated and motivated. Not only does this play a pivotal role in reducing stress, but it also creates a positive, self-affirming relationship with yourself. Napping is an essential part of self-care, as prioritizing your sleep is paramount to building a holistic well-being. Long walks outdoors are another way to engage both physically and emotionally, creating alcoves of peace and tranquility in the midst of a busy lifestyle. Reading is a great way to practice self-care, and creating a space to read and enjoy books is a self-care habit that builds mindfulness.”

Saurav Patnaik, Co-Founder of Anveya Living, emphasized the magic of pampering sessions, saying, “While the rain brings a much-needed respite from the scorching sun, the humidity wreaks havoc on our skin and hair. In such a scenario, it is imperative to indulge in self-care practices and use moisturizing skin and hair products. Products like hair masks, hyaluronic acid serums, and anti-dandruff serums help strengthen hair strands and beautify the skin. So treat yourself to shopping therapy to stock up on effective hair and skincare products so you can craft a relaxing pampering session at home to rejuvenate your body and mind the next time it rains outside. For the softest skin and straightest hair, be sure to exfoliate your skin, apply a soothing massage oil to your body and drench your locks in a decadent deep conditioner.”

dr Karthik SM, Medical Consultant at Narayana Health, commented, “The monsoon is a season that brings relief from the harsh summers and is often looked forward to. However, due to the rains and the sudden drop in temperature, this often causes many health problems and one must be aware of how to prevent them. Waterborne diseases such as gastroenteritis, typhoid and hepatitis often occur due to contamination of spring water. Overflowing runoff and flooding of low-lying areas causing contamination of the swamp and groundwater. Therefore, care must be taken to avoid flooding, to use appropriate filtering techniques and to boil the water before consumption. Roadside cut fruit, beverages and food are likely to be contaminated and one must avoid eating stale food, undercooked food and potentially contaminated food.”

He added: “A humid environment leads to an increased presence of fungi, pollen, dust mites and airborne allergens. Unused woolens and warm clothes that are taken out during the season can contain dust mites. These can trigger allergies. Wash and vacuum the woolen and quilts before use. Stay warm and avoid wearing wet clothes and getting soaked in the rain. Viral infections are more common in cold weather, so following hand hygiene techniques, social distancing and wearing a mask in public places can be protective to some extent. Healthy habits like washing hands before and after eating, personal hygiene, healthy, properly cooked meals, vegetables and fruits help prevent infection. Make sure you drink clean water and take proper mosquito control measures.”

Taking responsibility for our mental and physical health is important as they manage and protect our mental and emotional well-being. So these are some surprising ways to indulge in self-care strategies.

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