Self Care matters! It is so important to take care of your mind, body & soul for a positive well-being and keeping you in a good, healthy state - physically and mentally.
Practising self-care isn't always easy as most of us are extremely busy and live fast paced lives. We have stressful jobs, are busy juggling every day life or are sometimes too consumed by technology to make time for ourselves. Having some me-time is, more often that not, the last thing on our agenda and we are a race that think to put everyone else before ourselves, sometimes feeling guilty for making that time for us.
We have put together some simple self-care tips that you can make part of your every day life to help get you started in to looking after you more because as they say, you cannot drink from an empty cup!
12 Self Care Tips:
1. Get Your Beauty Sleep
Sleep can have a huge effect on how you feel both emotionally and physically, not getting enough can even cause major health issues, but stress and other distractions can cause destruction to our sleep. Sleep is important for our self-care as the brain rids itself of toxins, consolidates memory, and builds neural highways during our sleep. Healthy adults should be getting between 7-9 hours of shut eye per night, here are a few tips to help ensure a good nights sleep:
• Try to go to sleep and get up at the same time every day - this helps set your body’s internal clock and optimise the quality of your sleep
• Say no to late-night television - the light from your TV suppresses melatonin and many programs are stimulating rather than relaxing. Try listening to relaxing music or read a book instead
• When it’s time to sleep, make sure the room is dark - use black-out curtains or blinds to block light from windows, or try a sleep mask
• Exercise during the day - the more vigorously you exercise, the more powerful the sleep benefits
• Avoid drinking too many liquids in the evening and big meals at night - this can disturb your sleep or make it uncomfortable to sleep
2. Take Care Of Your Gut
The health of your gut can have a significant impact on your health, well-being, and feelings of vitality. The types of foods you eat impact the bacteria that lives within your stomach, resulting in either positive or negative outcomes and unhappy gut can lead to an unhappy person just as an unhappy person can lead to an unhappy gut.
3. Eat Your Greens
Sounds cliche but what we fuel our body with ultimately fuels our mood, wellbeing and of course our health. Choosing the right foods aids to keep us fit and healthy, as well as keeping our minds working and alert. It's simple, we eat good, we feel good! We feel good, we look good!. Some of the most amazing self-care foods include fatty fish, blueberries, nuts, green leafy veggies, and brassicas, like broccoli.
4. It's Ok To Say No
Learning to say no is really hard, many of us feel obliged to say yes when someone asks for our time or energy and would feel to guilty to say no. However, it really is ok. If you are already stressed or overworked, saying yes to family, friends or colleagues can lead to exhaustion, anxiety and feeling irritable. It may take a little practice, but once you learn how to, you'll start to feel more empowered, and you'll have more time for your self-care.
When mastering to know that it's ok to say no, if it means you are not putting yourself first, start by saying 'if I can I will - I will let you know' this will allow you to take the time to think about it before committing to saying yes to something that may cause you stress and self exhaustion.
5. Stay Hydrated!
Staying hydrated is so important for your general self-care! Feeling dehydrated can lead to feeling sluggish, slow and low mood. Keeping your body hydrated with glasses of water throughout the day means you are more energetic, focused and helps you to feel more upbeat and positive. It is recommended to have around 8 glasses a day.
6. Be Reflective
At the end of your day, before you drift off to sleep it is beneficial to reflect and write down the three best things that happened that day. This automatically puts your being in a state of appreciation and gratitude. Using this time before going to sleep ends your day on a very positive high which is so beneficial for your self care. Maybe set yourself some goals for the next day?
7. Take A New Route To Work
Something as simple as taking a new way to drive to work in the morning is great stimulation for your brain. It turns out that, like the rest of your body, your brain is subject to the “use it or lose it” theory so it is good to take care of your brain by challenging it! And this really can be by introducing simple changes like your route to work. This stops your brain from being on 'auto pilot' and kicks it into action! Other ways to do this are trying new foods, different exercises or new places to go for a walk.
8. Sit Up Straight
Posture is crucial for our overall body care and if you’re like most people, it becomes second nature to walk around with bad posture, sit hunched over at a desk or slouch and most don’t even realise they are doing it. By trying, sitting up straight in your chair and making a conscious effort to walk with a straight back on a daily basis, overtime this will help to better improve posture and make you feel better.
9. Schedule Days Off
Adding a day off to your calendar where you don’t let yourself schedule any work could make a major difference. We all know it can be hard to disconnect and take time away from work but regularly giving yourself space to relax is worth it! It can make you feel better overall, but could also make you see a difference between your quality of work after taking that time to disconnect and reconnect with yourself.
10. Morning Gratitude
Taking the time to sit and write down 3 things that you are grateful for in the morning can set you up for the whole day! It puts your being in a state of gratitude and contributes to a positive mindset. This simple exercise in the morning takes 5 minutes and is well worth it, it makes you realise all that you have around you and in yourself to be grateful for, we can all be guilty of just 'going through the motions'. It can be something as simple as your health, your eyes to see or your bed! You may be surprised how much better your day flows from trying this.
11. Make Time For Family & Friends
If you’re overloaded, many times we will just head home and 'crash out' after the day is done. But it is important to make time for your family and friends. Go out to dinner or to watch a film or even invite some loved ones over for game night or pyjama party. You will get that unconditional support from family and friends that you need for a good boost in your mood.
12. Get Outside
Reconnecting with nature and disconnecting from technology is a great way to lift your mood and improve your self care. Just taking a 15 minute stroll out in the open helps to clear and still the mind, it lifts your energy and brings a feeling of calm. Walking by trees or streams is even better but as long as you are getting out in the fresh air you can be sure to feel lighter and have a clearer state of mind by taking that time for yourself.
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