Are you exhausted, uninspired, or simply not feeling well? Maybe you’ve been focused on your work too much, or just can seem to find a time for yourself. If this is the case, make sure that you allow enough time for yourself. It is important to ensure that you are taking good care of your body, mind, and soul every day and not just when you get sick. Learning how to eat healthily, reduce stress, exercise regularly, and take a break when you need it are some of the pillars of self-care.
Unfortunately, practicing self-care isn’t always easy. Most of us have busy schedules, stressful jobs, or spend too much time in front of our TV, phone, or computer, and spending some time alone isn’t always part of our plan. The worse part is sometimes; we feel guilty for taking the time required to take of ourselves. Below are some simple ways to incorporate into your daily routine so you can start your self-care journey.
1. Sleeping is self-care.
For those with busy schedules and stressful jobs, sleeping can be taken for granted. But getting a goodnight’s sleep can actually have a significant impact on how you feel physically, emotionally, and mentally. Unfortunately, stress and other distractions can wreak havoc in your sleep. So how can you make sleeping a part of your self-care routine? Start by taking notes of your nightly routine. Do you eat or drink before going to bed? If yes, make sure that you don’t consume caffeine or sugar, keeping you awake.
You also need to reduce stress to achieve a night of comfortable sleep. You can do so by trying to meditate before going to bed, making sure that your day’s thoughts won’t bother you when you’re trying to sleep. Be sure to stay away from your phone when you’re in bed. It can distract you and can keep you up all night.
2. Start your day slowly.
Most people rush to start their day by doing various activities right away, such as checking their emails or going through social media. Instead of doing these things, try to start your day slowly. When you wake up, take a couple of minutes to breathe in and out and set your intentions for the day. You can also use this time to meditate or do visualizations. You can also write in your journal before you go on with your day. The idea behind this is that you allow yourself to listen to your body, preparing yourself for the busy day you’ll have.
You can start by allotting at least 15 minutes of your time. Enjoy your coffee, read a book, or just simply sit and slow down before doing all your work. Try doing this every day. You’ll notice that you feel happier, lighter, and less stressed throughout the day.
3. Don’t forget to exercise.
You’re probably tired of hearing this, but let me repeat it; exercise is good for your body. Daily exercise can help you physically, emotionally, and mentally. It can boost your mood, reduce stress and anxiety, and as a bonus, help you shed extra pounds. We know how difficult it is to go to the gym every day, and some people don’t really enjoy lifting weights. If this is the case for you, try other exercises such as running, yoga, tennis, or any other activities that get you going. It doesn’t matter what exercise you incorporate; the most important thing is to create a routine that works for you.
4. Eat healthy foods.
You are what you eat. This is exactly true, and if you keep eating junk foods, you might notice that you keep gaining weight or your skin is breaking out. As part of your self-care routine, start watching what you eat and try eating healthier foods. Apart from potential weight gain, unhealthy food can contribute to developing diseases such as diabetes. Eating the right foods can help prevent various conditions and can keep your minds working and alert. You can start by incorporating fruits and veggies into your diet and lessen your consumption of processed foods.
5. Take a break.
When things are too stressful to handle, take a break. The best self-care is allowing yourself to breathe and relax. Take a vacation, go to the spa, or just simply step outside and pause from your day-to-day shenanigans. You can also go for a hike, enjoy nature or go to the beach. Spending time away from your busy schedule can help reduce stress. It also recharges you so you’ll have the energy to face whatever challenge that may come your way.
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