It’s important to take good care of your body, both physically and mentally every day, not just when you’re feeling sick. Learning how to eat right, exercise regularly and take time-out when you need it are the main aspects of self-care and can help you stay healthy and less stressed.
Practicing self-care isn’t always easy as most of us are often busy having to balance college work and stressful part-time jobs and don’t make the time for ourselves. Getting started with self-care can be hard at first, but once you start you will be happy you did so.
Making sleep a part of your self-care routine is one of the most important ways to engage in self-care. Sleep can have a huge impact on how you feel both mentally and physically. Psychologytoday.com recommends staying away from caffeine and sugar before bedtime as these tend to keep you awake.
Remove all distractions from your bedroom(television, laptop, phone, etc.). Ensuring you have room-darkening curtains also means you aren’t woken up too early in the mornings which will put you in a bad mood for the rest of the day.
Reducing stress is also key so if you’re working too intensely, take a step back and think about ways to help you relax on the job more. This might mean speaking to your superiors to see if you can reduce your work load or finding different ways to get the job done.
Exercising daily is an essential part of your self-care routine. Daily exercise can boost your mood and reduce stress and anxiety, not to mention help you lose weight.
Of course, it is challenging to get to the gym everyday, so incorporating other exercises such as walking, yoga, or tennis. The most important thing for you to do is find something that works for you.
Spending time outside, even if not exercising, can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and is a way to naturally overcome symptoms of depression. Fresh air and natural sunlight will make you feel refreshed and ready to take on the day.
The food we eat has the power to keep us healthy or contribute to weight gain and mental fatigue. Some go to self-care food include fish, nuts, berries and green leafy vegetables.
Learning to say no to people is hard but an integral part of maintaining your health and ensuring you don’t get burned out. Many of us feel obligated to say yes when someone asks for our time or energy. It may take some practice but once you learn how to say no, you’ll have more time for yourself and feel more in control.
It can be hard for us to find extra time for self-care. The easiest way to ensure we are not neglecting ourselves is to schedule in time if not each day, every week.
Whether you decide to go on a walk, take a hot bath, throw on a face mask or call your friends, looking for ways you can incorporate relaxation with your daily routine will inevitably benefit you in the long-run.
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