Self-care is too often overlooked because we are so busy with things we think are more important. But really, what could be more important than you? I know, your family, your job, your bills, your dog… I get it, but how can you take care of all that, if you can’t even take care of yourself?
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Just think of how much better you’ll function if you felt energized, well-rested and cared for! Because while you’re taking care of everyone and everything else, who is taking care of you? Don’t even where to start? Try the self care checklist below to get started!
Easy Self Care Ideas
Do you feel guilty for taking time just for you? You’ll have more patience, more focus and more clarity, once you take care of you! Just an hour or so a day, to focus on self care is all it takes! Do something you love- take a hike, read a book, write a journal, get a hobby, do a DIY face mask. Your priorities will all be there when you’re done. They’re not going anywhere… unfortunately.
Proper self care can improve your productivity and reduce physical and mental exhaustion. Here are ten ways you can add self-care to your routine so that you can maintain your physical, mental and emotional health.
Here are 10 simple ways to include self care in your life!
Identify what self-care is to you
We all have different needs and different ways of unwinding. Identify what self-care is the most effective for you. It may be taking a walk and getting outdoors, or curling up by the fire with a good book. It may be surrounding yourself with good friends, taking a bike ride or soaking in a long, hot bath. Whatever it is, learn to define self-care for you as an individual so that you can better take care of yourself.
Everyone’s self care needs are different.
Establish a routine
Once you understand what self-care works for you, add it to your routine. Commit to engaging your self care activities regularly until it becomes a habit, something that is simply a normal part of your life.
Get regular, good quality sleep
Establish a sleep routine so that you are getting enough high-quality sleep. Sleep is a critical part of maintaining good health and should not be underestimated. By implementing a sleep routine, you can ensure that you are getting enough rest and are therefore optimally prepared to perform at your best.
Eat a balanced diet
Diet is an important part of self-care and has a significant impact on your health. Make sure to eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, avoiding soft drink and processed foods. Eat plenty of leafy greens and fresh fruit! You’ll feel better when you feed yourself better.
Exercise if great for physical, mental and emotional health and should be a part of any self-care routine. Even just 10 minutes in the morning or evening will boost your feel-good hormones and improve your mental health!
Learn to say no
The ability to establish boundaries can be important to self-care. Rather than simply saying yes to everything until things become unbearable or seemingly impossible, learn to say no when you are busy or feeling under pressure.
A little organization can go a long way in regard to your self-care. Implementing strategies to be more organized can really help reduce your stress and improve your mental health.
De-clutter your environment
Get rid of the rubbish and excess goods in your house; a cleaner, less cluttered space is great for your mental health as it will help to reduce stress levels.
Schedule time to yourself
It can often feel like we are being pulled in a million different directions. Make sure to schedule time for your self-care and don’t allow this to be interrupted.
Take a break
If things are getting too much, take a break. It might be taking a few days off work, getting away for the weekend or taking a longer vacation; regardless of the length, sometimes simply stepping out of the environment can be great for perspective and self-care.