In pop culture today, self-care seems like this vague, expensive thing to practice but in reality, self-care is anything you do to take care of yourself physically, financially and emotionally. In this article, we list 10 ways to practice self-care as women. 

1. Drinking water 

Drinking water helps you stay hydrated. A dehydrated babe is a moody, unhealthy babe. It is recommended that the average person drinks at least six bottles of water every day. 

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2. Blocking and muting 

Blocking or muting someone on social media is a form of boundary setting and it’s okay to decide that you don’t want to consume certain content. That’s you looking out for yourself. 

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3. Taking screen breaks 

It’s not news that social media can be bad for a person’s mental health so whenever you can, try to take a screen break. Your eyes and your mental health will thank you. 

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4. Alone time 

Taking time out for yourself is one of the commonest ways to treat yourself, you can decide to go out alone or stay indoors and watch a movie, or just look at the ceiling while ignoring everyone else. Na you get yourself. 

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5. Budgeting 

The economy keeps getting worse and with Bubu on the seat, only God knows where we are headed. This is why budgeting should be a routine for you. Even if you are unable to save, it helps you plan your finances better. 

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6. Leaving 

Leaving anything that doesn’t serve you — home, a relationship or a job — can be liberating. Lean on me no mean press me die. 

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7. Saying “I can’t afford it”

This is you speaking up for yourself and if that’s not self-care, I don’t know what is. 

8. Pap smears 

Pap smears are screening procedures to check for cervical cancer. It is recommended that people with vaginas above the age of 21 should get pap smears every three years. 

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9. Feeling your feelings 

Not letting yourself feel the emotions you are feeling, especially when they are negative can build resentment and spill into other areas of your life. If you have difficulty with this, therapy may be necessary. 

10. Practising safe sex 

Yes and yes. Avoiding sexually transmitted infections will save you money, not to mention the mental and physical stress. Get tested as frequently as you can and use protection always. 

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