Urban lifestyle is centered around success.
Every individual living in this environment is striving to achieve their goals. Most of us are leading an externally focused way of life, with the prime orientation towards achievements and success attainment. Hard work and sacrifices are part and parcel of this journey.
The continuous pressure we put on ourselves to achieve our life’s goal, costs us our well-being in terms of physical, mental, and emotional health. We fail to appreciate the most valuable gift- the mind and body, that we are bestowed with freely, and tend to neglect its value and upkeep until we reach a crisis.
On the face of it, we all look happy and healthy, but internally most of us are carrying a broken part within us. This broken part is constantly seeking our attention to be addressed, but we are too busy engaged in other priorities.
A human body’s first symptom of discomfort is the compromised immunity. COVID-19 has exposed this weakness glaringly. Amidst covid-19 crisis, we all are searching for a wonder pill to seek protection.
It is time we start looking inward and pay attention to our mind and body, the most precious gift we possess. The work of building the foundation of well-being begins here, within ourselves through self-care.
Self-care is the art of taking care of ourselves. The core philosophy of self-care is that we are our most important assets which makes taking care of ourselves non-negotiable. The art of self-care is about realigning our life and forming habits that help us manage our mind and body to operate at its peak consistently over a long period of time. Unlike the oft-advertised concept of self-care with fancy spas and luxury massages, true self-care is about getting the basics right every day. Rather than doing one thing in isolation, self-care is a combination of various aspects of our everyday life- right from the food that we eat to the thoughts and feelings we experience to our body’s movements, all of which compound to benefit us in the long run. True self-care is essentially following the 80-20 principle where 80% of our life’s problems can be managed by altering 20% of our lifestyle.
To make things simpler for you, we at Prajna, have broken this art form into three core elements which form the pillars upon which you can build a self-care routine for yourselves.
The foundation of Self-Care at Prajna is primarily comprised of-
• Mental health,
The carefully designed curriculum consisting of these three pillars required to nourish our mind and body enable us to stay in optimal health.
This is easier said than done. We are the outcome of our habits which we have developed since our childhood. We need to work on our habits to cause out a shift. Prajna curriculum is structured in a way to help individuals realise this habit pattern and to bring about a necessary and desired change. Our current habit patterns sets the trajectory of our physical and mental health. Thus, setting the habit patterns right, we are ensuring a trajectory of a good physical and mental health.
A well-nourished and nurtured self becomes source of strength and inspiration for the family members, friends, and colleagues.
Why is self-care important?
• Boosts Immunity- There is evidence that most self-care activities activate your parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) helping it to fortify the immune system.
• Reduces Stress and Anxiety- Practising self-care on a daily basis is shown to reduce cortisol levels thus keeping stress and anxiety at bay.
• Increases Productivity- Following a disciplined self-care routine helps you function at your physical and mental peak increasing productivity and efficiency.
I would like to thank and congratulate the entire team of Prajna Self-care for being a source of inspiration throughout the session. The yoga asanas along with the guidelines for nutrition intake and mental hygiene have brought positive changes to many and undoubtedly to us. Thank you for turning me into a mindful person.