Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Although it’s a simple concept in theory, it’s something we very often overlook. Good self-care is key to improved mood and reduced anxiety. It’s also key to a good relationship with oneself and others.
Self care refuels us and is the key to a balanced life.
Some benefits of self-care:
• More energy
• More inspired and hopeful
• More patience
• Fewer headaches, stomach aches, and other physical symptoms of stress
• Better sleep
• Better choices for healthy food and less urges to eat “comfort” foods
• Avoiding mental health symptoms like depression or anxiety
• Avoiding “burnout”
• Better concentration
• Better relationships with our spouse or partner
• Better performance at work
• More motivation to engage in social activities
Healthy habits to be start practicing for better self-care:
• Create a short “no” list, with things you know you don’t like or you no longer want to do. Learning to say no is one way to de-plug (disconnect) from the things that disrupt our intentions and steal our joy. Examples might include: Not checking emails at night, not attending gatherings you don’t like, not answering your phone during lunch/dinner.
• Be mindful about what you put into your body. Try to incorporate a more nutritious and healthy diet. Start by reducing meat consumption and increasing plant based food. Increase water intake. Avoid sodas and excessive alcohol.
• If you aren’t doing so already, incorporate a multi-vitamin supplement or B-complex supplement.
• Get enough sleep. Adults usually need 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
• Follow-up with medical care. It is not unusual to all too often put off checkups or visits to the doctor.
• Make a gratitude list
• Spend enough time with your loved ones.
• Look for opportunities to laugh!