5 % Rule for Self Care

The five percent rule for self care:

We need to take care of our selves first before we can decide to be of use to our family and the society at large.

I have seen my contribution to the world grow multiple fold since I started to care for my self.

So, what is the self care I am talking about?

I was under deep stress 3 years ago. My mind and body were giving up. I was diagnosed with multiple issues – Hypertension, Piles, Migraine and acute levels of depression.

I was finding it difficult to carry on!

My work and my family – both were getting adversely affected due to my medical condition. I had absolutely no idea. But, one idea totally changed my life – Self Care.

On one of my train journeys, I suffered a complete black out and had passed out on an unknown station. There was no one around me to take care of me. I was travelling alone.

I somehow managed to reach home that day by hiring a taxi for the rest of my journey. I had no clue what was happening to me. After the incident, I was scared about the future of my family.

My father had passed away due to a severe brain stroke just a few years ago. And I would often break down in front of the doctors. On one my visits, I totally lost my control and cried to my heart’s content.

That day, I realized that I had lost complete control over health – both physical and mental and I was on the verge of breaking down. I could not afford this and therefore, I decided to do something about it.

I took the decision to work building my health from scratch. So, on 1st Jan 2018, I took the most historic decision of my life :

Get up and go for a morning walk.”

It was historic because I had taken just one resolution. And I gave the next 3 years in totally working on my total fitness.

I grew from enjoying my morning walks to running few kilometers. I found that learning curve to be quite long. But, I had started to have fun.

I learned the engagement and developed the connection of the mind and the heart to my pursuit of health and happiness.

And today, I can say that I am totally transformed myself. So, when I sit down to understand what I did so good, I find that I had worked on a single rule – consciously and unconsciously.

This is 5% rule of fitness.

So, what is this 5% rule?

The rule is that you need to give 1 hr and 20 minutes of your 24 hours for your self. You dedicate this time to work on my mind and muscles. This is the 5% time allocation that can do wonders to your mind and body and the overall life.

The personal effectiveness that has resulted due to the self care has now snowballed into almost every area of my life. I am healthier and happier today. My relationships have become to improve and I find my so meaningful and value driven.

And it started to happen with the self care.

Ignoring our selves due to the social and financial commitments may look to be doing great for the world. But, in actuality, it is nothing but fooling our own selves and the world.

There are 5 self care rules that you need to adhere to:

  • Measure what matters: I keep a note book that helps me to track my daily progress. I write down my observations – the areas to work on and the tiny victories.
  • Divide your work into negotiable and Non-negotiable and make self – care a non negotiable part of your daily living.
  • Practice Kaizen – Incremental progress is much more effective than the humongous ones. There is a saying that I love -“We often overestimate what we can do in a day and underestimate what we can do in year”.
  • Your inner world matter more than the outer world. So, don’t do things to impress the world. Do things that bring happiness in the heart and health in the mind and body.
  • Last but not the least – Make this world your class room and learn from everything and every one. I call it stay hungry and stay foolish after the inspiration from the Steve Jobs Famous commencement speech that he gave at Stanford.


a runner, a fitness enthusiast

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