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How Self-Care Can Help You Be More Successful

A few months ago it was made apparent to me that I don’t pamper and encourage myself the way I do others. I was scratching my arm from one of the many mosquito bites I suffered when my mom said, “Neha, you are grating you skin!” A day later I was combing my hair and my boyfriend exclaimed, “Why are you brushing so hard, you’ll go bald! I paused. I never noticed this roughness.

Although I will argue that I do take decent care of my physical fitness and eat pretty healthy, I was indeed harsh to myself. I started to notice even the way I washed my face and brushed my teeth. Rough! What was most interesting was that this roughness mirrored my self-talk.

I started to make a conscious effort to be gentler in my actions towards my self-care. I smiled and used delicate gestures as I applied lotion or washed my face and pressed gently as I brushed. In a few weeks time, these small actions had an extended effect. They made me think nicer thoughts about myself. I took it a step further and stopped holding my bladder and waiting until I was too hungry to get up from work.

Over the past few months I have observed how much negative self-talk has been dissolved and replaced with more self-encouragement and a new found freedom to think and express myself without self-judgment. With less negativity in my thoughts and in my actions, I feel happier and less overwhelmed. Its constant validation. I’m also learning that this self-care is what allows me the ability to push myself toward my goals in a sustainable manner. By putting myself first, I’ve reduced mini-breakdowns, complete mental and physical exhaustion and I’ve been much more in touch with my emotions.

If you recognize that you are a little rough on yourself, it’s important to make effort to put aside time for what I like to call ‘pampering minutes’. There is a difference between self-care and self-love.

Pin ItHere are a few small things that you can do for better self-care:

  • Self-oil massage
  • Regular pedicures
  • Cooking a nice meal for myself and plating it beautifully
  • Practicing Yoga
  • Foam rolling to release tensions from sore muscles
  • Spending a few extra minutes on my hair in the morning
  • Wearing sunscreen daily

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Katherine Hurst
By Neha Uberoi
Neha Uberoi is a former top professional tennis player, Indian-American role model and respected wellness authority. She has traveled the world playing in the most elite women's tennis tournaments in the world such as the US Open. After leaving pro tennis, Neha graduated from Princeton University. As a former world-class athlete, Neha is known for her physique and healthy lifestyle. She is a health and lifestyle consultant as well as a Tennis consultant/coach. Combining her knowledge of athletics, nutrition, fitness and mental wellbeing, Neha offers her clients personalized and practical paths to meet and exceed their goals.

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