As we enter into the month of Ramadhaan this evening at the time of Maghrib, let us make some fervent Dua’s to Allah asking for all the things we want and need, but also for relief and protection from the Corona Virus.
Usually in the month of Shabaan, many of us begin to experience the build up to Ramadhaan with the women in the family coming together and preparing savouries and snacks that are to be enjoyed in Ramadhaan. The planning for ‘Eid Shopping’ especially for the kids and special handmade crafts or decor gets hung or displayed throughout homes, bringing that beloved atmosphere of Ramadhaan into each home.
This year will be rather different for many of us.
It will certainly be a Ramadhaan to remember, insha Allah.
May this month bring ease, Barakah, Khair, and Aafiyaah to all, aameen.
Wishing you a blessed Ramadhaan, from my home to yours.
There’s so many terminologies popping up these days and one of the more common ones happens to be self care.
Many of us would interpret self care as taking care of yourself, and you would be right. That is basically what self care is.
However, the question to be asked is, how do you take care of yourself?
Your physical, mental and emotional health is extremely important & even though self care is an extremely simple concept, we tend to overlook it quite easily.
Good self-care is what makes you the happiest version of yourself.
That means loving yourself, knowing what triggers your anxiety and stress, getting enough sleep, spending time with your loved ones, relaxing in your own special way, & doing things that you love and that make you laugh.
Self care is NOT selfish!
If you don’t take care of yourself, how can you take care of anyone else?
9 BENEFITS OF SELF CARE
Improves your mood
Increases self esteem
Leads to stronger relationships with yourself and others
Boosts your immune system
Increases your self control
Reduces your stress
Promotes better sleep
Need ideas to get started? Work your way through this list and find your favourites:
50 WAYS TO PRACTICE SELF CARE
Go for a rub or a walk
Buy yourself some beautiful flowers
Schedule lunch with your favourite friend/s
Make a list of things you’re grateful for
Turn your phone off for the evening
Pamper yourself with a facial at home
Cook something healthy for dinner
Take a nap
Schedule a date night, even if it’s just with yourself
Drink more water
Clean your house (you can’t relax in a mess!)
Light a scented candle you love
Forgive yourself for something you’ve been punishing yourself for
Check in with your budget
Give yourself a manicure
Unfriend people on social media who bring you down
Try adding essential oils to your pampering products (learn how to do this safely)
Ask for help with your to-do list
Take a bubble bath
Connect to your spirituality or pray your Salaah
Set goals for self-improvement and take them one day at a time
Take your vitamins
Make a playlist of songs or nasheeds that make you happy
Wear your favorite outfit or perfume when you know you have a rough day ahead
Get 30 minutes of exercise
Throw away old makeup (and clean your makeup brushes!)
Floss your teeth (you know you don’t do it as often as you should)
Buy yourself a latte or treat
Practice breathing exercises
Clean out your closet and donate what you don’t wear
Have a picnic in a park or at the botanical gardens
Paint, draw, or do something creative
Sign up for a continuing education class or volunteer program
Treat yourself to a movie night
Spend 30 minutes reading a chapter of a new book or flipping through a magazine
Do something that makes you happy
Go to bed early (or sleep in if that’s more your style)
Seek professional counseling if you’re struggling emotionally
Indulge in a massage (check online for specials)
Eat lunch outside
Make an appointment to get your hair cut or done
Wash your face with your favourite facial gel/wash/scrub
Do a crossword puzzle
Make a cup of herbal tea
Try meditation; you can find lots of apps with free guided meditation online
Read the Qur’aan
Read durood Sharif
Pray extra nafl Salaah, eg. Ishraaq salaah, Chaasht Salaah, Salaatul Awwabeen, Salaatul Tasbeeh, Salaatul Taubah, etc.
What forms of self care do you practice regularly? Tell us what works for you in the comments.