Self-care: it sounds like nothing more than a buzzword until you try it for yourself!
In today’s culture, it’s easy to work yourself to the bone, constantly putting other people’s needs before your own. While it’s good to be generous and selfless, you also need to take care of you!
There’s nothing noble about neglecting your own needs. Here are five ways that taking care of yourself can change your life.
1. More Sleep, More Energy
One of the simplest (yet most difficult) ways to incorporate some self-care into your routine is to make adjustments to your sleep hygiene.
Even if you do get the recommended eight hours of sleep every night, your energy can still be thrown off if you go to bed at different times each night and wake up at different times every morning. If you can go to bed at roughly the same time each night and wake up at the same time each morning, you’ll train your body to sleep when it needs to and prevent insomnia and oversleeping.
2. Better Food & Drink, Better Tummy
Find yourself encountering frequent stomach aches or feeling bloated? One important tenet of self-care is food-related: to get good out, you must put good in.
In other words, eating healthy, nutritious foods will help your body function at its best and make you feel better in the process. (Not to mention that fresh ingredients and healthy eating can be delicious!)
This applies to what you drink, too. Many people find that living a sober lifestyle can make a huge difference in their mindset and happiness.
3. Better Body, Better Mind
Many people see the mind and body as separate entities, but they are truly interrelated. This means that if you treat your body well, your mind will also reap the benefits (and vice versa!)
Taking the time to exercise regularly can boost brain activity and increase mood. You don’t have to become a gym rat to get these benefits. Even a simple walk around the block each day will make a difference!
Yoga is another form of exercise that’s particularly known for its self-care benefits. The deep breathing and mindfulness that comes from yoga can help increase self-awareness and boost your mood.
4. Saying No to Say Yes
Many of us encounter feelings of guilt when we turn down others. But the next time that someone asks you to spend your weekend helping them move, consider this mindset change.
Instead of thinking of it as saying no to someone else, think of it as saying yes to yourself. There’s nothing wrong with investing in your own self-care!
5. Better Breaks, Better Work
While many of us think that more work will create more reward, that philosophy has its limits. Burnout is a real phenomenon, and if you’re not careful, you can actually harm your work performance by working too much.
Make sure to take breaks and invest in yourself as much as you invest in your job.
Prioritize Taking Care of Yourself
In this fast-paced world we live in, it’s hard to take the time to slow down every once in a while. But once you do take the time to invest in self-care, you’ll realize that taking care of yourself should always be at the top of your to-do list.
Take care of yourself and the rest will follow. For more lifestyle tips, check out our other blog posts!