Self-care is a fundamental aspect of achieving good physical and mental health. If you do not prioritise it, you can easily become overrun with life, neglecting yourself in the process. Here are a few tips from the Sunnah.
Connecting With Allah
There is nothing as spiritual as spending time alone in the remembrance and worship of Allah. It will bring you a kind of peace like no other.
The Prophet (ﷺ) used to engage himself in I'tikaf (seclusion for prayers) in the mosque during the last ten nights of Ramadan till he passed away; thereafter, his wives followed this practice after him [Al- Bukhari and Muslim].
You can also practice this in your own homes if going to the mosque is not possible - give yourself some peaceful time to read Quran, make dhikr or make dua to Allah.
Olive Oil Massage
Massage therapy on its own helps to relieve pain, aches and muscle spasms. But you may gain additional benefits when you use olive oil in massage treatments.
It is related from 'Umar Radiyallahu 'Anhu that Rasulullah Sallallahu Aayhi Wasallam said: “Use olive oil in cooking and rubbing (on the body) because it is from a mubaarak tree". Shama'il Muhammadiyah.
Wearing perfume has been linked to provide aromatherapy, enhance your mood, boost confidence, treat insomnia and even trigger memories."The Messenger of Allah said:
'In this world, women and perfume have been made dear to me, and my comfort has been provided in prayer.'Sunan an-Nasa’i.
**Women should stay in their homes and use their adornment there as the Prophet ﷺsaid: “Any woman who puts on perfume and passes by people so that they can smell her fragrance is a zaaniyah (fornicator).” Al-Nasaa’i (5126).
Chewing miswak has been shown to have parallel, and at times greater mechanical and chemical cleansing of oral tissues as compared to a toothbrush and toothpaste.
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "The Miswak (tooth-stick) cleanses and purifies the mouth and pleases the Rubb." Sunan An-Nasa'i
Maintaining The Beard
Maintaining and caring for the beard is important in preserving the Sunnah and also keeping a mans appearance clean and presentable. Some men may enjoy combing their beards, applying henna as a natural dye and even applying oils to it.
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: "Trim the mustache and leave the beard to grow." Jami` at-Tirmidhi
A good nap allows for the recovery of brain function, memory consolidation, the ridding of toxins that build up throughout the day, and a burst of energy. A short mid-day nap (called Qailulah in Islamic culture) is a deeply embedded practice in the Muslim culture, and is considered Sunnah by some muslims. Anas bin Malik ’We used to offer the Jumua prayer early and then have an afternoon nap.’ Sahih al-Bukhari
Forgiving others really benefits you more than the one you are forgiving. It lightens your heart, and can also be a reason for Allah to forgive you.
Allah says in the Quran “And let not those of virtue among you and wealth swear not to give [aid] to their relatives and the needy and the emigrants for the cause of Allah, and let them pardon and overlook. Would you not like that Allah should forgive you? And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” 24.22
Nail grooming is a simple yet important self-care routine. Cutting the nails is part of the fitrah.
Al-Nawawi رحمه الله said in al-Majmoo’ (1/339): “There is scholarly consensus that clipping the nails is Sunnah, and that applies equally to men and women, and to the hands and feet.
It is mustahabb to start with the right hand, then the left, then the right foot then the left.”
Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said, "To shave the pubic hair. to clip the nails and to cut the moustaches short, are characteristics of the Fitra."
What is your favourite Sunnah self-care? Any benefit you receive from this post is from Allah, and any mistakes are from myself.