10 Easy Ways to Practice Self-care as an OFW Abroad

If life gets hectic and you’re running out of ideas on practicing simple self-care methods you can incorporate into your daily life, here are some tips you can easily do. For OFWs, it’s a must to take care of oneself since we have plenty of responsibilities and things to think about; here’s one less problem you have to think about with our roundup.

So go ahead and pick any of our self-care tips you can immediately try to have holistic well-being.

1. Have a balanced and nutritious diet

We often deprive ourselves of the simple pleasure of a nourishing meal by eating while multitasking. Is working the computer at a romantic dinner a no-go? Have some respect for yourself and enjoy a meal without interruptions, just as you would for a guest.

Of course, it’s easier said than done, especially for OFWs who are saving money to send them to the Philippines, depriving themselves of or eating cheap foods or junk food to get by. You can start practicing self-care by eating healthy food that will not hinder your role as a breadwinner. Your body will thank you for taking care of yourself since you won’t have to worry about getting a lot of diseases from your unhealthy lifestyle.

2. Meditate and seek professional help if needed

One of the nicest things you can do for your body is to simply be there in it. Spend some quiet time reflecting, and if there’s something you’re processing that you just can’t seem to shake, talk to someone about it. Sharing the burden of the situation could help.

Get some expert assistance. There is no reason to be embarrassed about having mental health problems, including depression, insomnia, or anxiety.

3. Allow your pet to assist you in your pursuit of self-care

Life is brightened by our pets. Pets can do a lot of good for our well-being, from delivering unconditional love to being there to chat with when we’re feeling down. In particular, canine companionship has been shown to alleviate stress, calm nerves, and even bring down blood pressure. In fact, many people with mental health issues, such as PTSD, have benefited from regular interactions with animals; this is why assistance dogs have proven so useful.

4. Remember your successes and record them

While it’s important to keep track of what we still need to accomplish, it’s equally important to celebrate our successes. It’s a good idea to keep a mental or written tally of the day’s accomplishments. Was a connection fostered? Prepare the wash? Finish a project for the office? No matter how insignificant, you should still be commended.

5. You should make exercise a daily routine

The benefits of exercise are common knowledge, but to what extent? Regular physical activity has numerous health benefits, including but not limited to improved mood, reduced stress and anxiety, and weight loss.

It’s understandable that it could be challenging to find time to go to the gym on a daily basis. If this sounds like you, try switching things up by adding activities like walking, tennis, or yoga. To succeed, you must first establish a habit that serves you well.

6. Put your health first by arranging your space

In order to take better care of oneself, it’s a good idea to get organized first. Keeping a planner or calendar on the refrigerator is a simple way to keep track of your commitments and appointments and improve your overall sense of order. Keys, wallets, backpacks, briefcases, and outerwear can all have a designated spot, and you can use this time to get everything ready for the following day.

7. Take a break from your social media accounts

While platforms like Instagram and Facebook undoubtedly have their uses, consider this: Does it actually boost your mood to see everyone else’s idealized social media profiles? People tend to only share the good things that have happened to them, making it difficult to feel good about yourself when you constantly have to measure up to others’ best moments.

Get off your phone and really soak in the splendor of the present moment by disconnecting from social media. Be kind to yourself by unplugging and letting yourself live in the present without social media for a while, it’s one way to take care of your mental health too.

To practice self-care, you must learn to say “no” to others.

One of life’s greatest challenges is mastering the art of saying “no.” Whenever someone requests our time or effort, many of us feel compelled to oblige them. Saying yes to loved ones or coworkers can lead to burnout, anxiety, and anger if you are already stressed or overworked. Learning to respectfully decline requests can take some practice, but the benefits to your self-esteem and free time for self-care are well worth the effort. It can be hard to say no and keep on saying yes, but asserting your boundaries and putting yourself first is never selfish.

8. Spend some time outdoors to recharge

Spending time outside is a great way to de-stress, lower blood pressure, and enjoy the present moment. As studies have shown, getting some fresh air and exercise is a terrific way to beat the blues or recover from burnout. Spending time in nature, especially if you engage in some form of physical activity like gardening, hiking, or walking, can help you get a better night’s rest.

9. Be grateful

It’s helpful to maintain tabs on our accomplishments, but it’s also important to take stock of our resources. Keep a notebook next to your bed and write down each time you’re thankful for something. It’s important to remember the little things, like fresh linens and reliable friends.

10. Redecorate your space or home

Ask yourself, how does your bedroom appear? How do you feel about your home? Try spicing it up with some candles and colorful accent cushions. Creating a comfortable and relaxing environment provides you with a safe haven to return to whenever situations get rough. It’s one of the most productive things you can do that will also serve as a self-care routine that you can do.