Structuring self-care into our routines

Self-care is something we should all try to structure into our routines. Doing so will help us when we are trying to assist others. We will develop a more positive work ethic, be more sincere in our worship, and improve our physical health too. Self-care will lead us to have a grateful attitude for which Allah will reward us. We learn about self-care in a hadith where our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:

“Verily, your own self has rights over you, so fast and break your fast, pray and sleep.” (Sunan Abi Dawud)

There are so many simple ways in which we could look after ourselves more, such as just taking some time out to relax, have a cup tea, take a short nap or perhaps read a book. We will be focusing on improving the way we feel. Making an effort to look after ourselves, even by inputting simple things like these that do not take very long into our routines will help us to feel refreshed.

We should be careful about not falling into the habit of assisting others before ourselves to the point where have completely neglected ourselves. We learn from the above hadith how important self-care is. We must keep in mind that our wellbeing is our responsibility and we are accountable to our Lord for the decisions we make in our lives.

When we take care of ourselves properly, we will be in a better state to help others. We will not feel as much that helping another person is burdensome. It is important for us to remember that there is a great reward for helping others. We read in a hadith:

“Whoever relieves a believer’s distress of the distressful aspects of this world, Allah will rescue him from a difficulty of the difficulties of the Hereafter. Whoever alleviates [the situation of] one in dire straits who cannot repay his debt, Allah will alleviate his lot in both this world and in the Hereafter. Whoever conceals [the faults of] a Muslim, Allah will conceal [his faults] in this life and the Hereafter.” (Muslim)

Implementing self-care also enables us to develop a more positive mindset, establishing gratefulness in our hearts and minds for everything Allah has blessed us with. The uplifting feeling we experience after self-care makes us see our lives in a more optimistic light. We should remind ourselves of the reward for gratefulness. We read in the Holy Qur’an:

“And [remember] when your Lord [Allah] proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favour]…” (Qur’an 14:7)

Self-care will help us to be more sincere in our worship. As it improves our emotions and gives us strength, we will feel less anxious about life. We will be able to focus more on our acts of worship such as prayer and reading the Qur’an. Self-care makes us feel more refreshed and enthusiastic about out worship.

Developing a routine that includes self-care will also help us nurture a more positive work ethic. As we will have something to look forward to that helps us relax, we will deal with work tasks with a better mindset. The peace we feel after self-care will enable us to feel less stressed about our work overall.