Self-care is all about adding healthy habits into your daily routine, it’s far more than pampering yourself for self-indulgent reasons. It’s about realising your health is just as important as the health of those you love and that you should be dedicating time during your day to looking after your body. Putting “me time” on the back burner can be part of the reason you feel stressed, run down and overwhelmed. If you’re looking to become healthier both physically and mentally, then here are some self-care tips you should definitely take on board.
Have some me time
If you’re used to putting others first it can be hard to prioritise time for yourself without feeling guilty about it. However it’s so important to look after yourself and have a break so you can feel calmer and refreshed. Spend an evening by yourself doing something you enjoy whether that’s watching your favourite tv show, relaxing in the bath with a face mask, meditating or reading a book.
Not only does exercise make you feel better by releasing endorphins it also makes you look better! Try and find something you enjoy like dancing or yoga and incorporate it into your weekly routine. You can easily incorporate exercise into your daily routine by taking the stairs instead of escalator and trying to walk more throughout the day.
Whether that’s going for a long walk, exploring a new area or just sitting in your garden, getting outside and being in nature can help you de-stress. Studies also show that staying indoors can have a negative impact on your immune health. With the weather starting to get better, you can now spend more time in your garden and to make it more appealing check out Groupon for the best outdoor lighting deals. These will also come in handy for BBQs and get togethers with friends and family.
Have a break from technology
Have a day with no TV, phones or computers and spend your time doing something you love. I spend way too much time on my phone and it’s so nice to have a break every now and again. Having a digital detox can help you unwind and focus on the present. If you’re spending time with others it’s good to put your phone away and be able to focus on spending time with them.
There’s so many reasons to eat a better diet such as increasing your energy levels, improving your skin, hair and nails and for losing weight. Eating a balanced diet and having more fruit and veg can help you feel a lot better about yourself.
Get a good night’s sleep
Getting a good night’s sleep can help increase your energy levels throughout the day, helping you be more productive with your daily tasks. Sometimes it can be hard to get a good night’s sleep, but creating a relaxing environment in your bedroom can help, start by lighting a candle and turning off your phone and tv an hour before bed as the lights from this can make it harder to fall asleep. I’d also recommend trying Benenox it’s a supplement which is great for people who struggle getting to sleep or with waking up throughout the night.
Some researchers believe that clutter can stress us out and bring us down. Marie Kondo’s book “the life changing magic of tidying” is a motivating read for decluttering your house. Getting rid of products you don’t use and making extra space can help us be more productive and calm.
Suffering with migraines, backache or other illnesses can be tough but practising self-care tips can help you manage the pain. To provide pain relief try Combogesic as this can deliver 30% more pain relief than paracetamol and ibuprofen.
Spend time with friends/family
Spending quality time with the people that matter to you is so important. If you’ve been having a tough week they can always help cheer you up and give you advice. Studies show spending time with family and friends goes a long way to boosting happiness. It can be easy to get overwhelmed with work and your to do list but try and organise catch ups with friends regularly.