Self-care is an important chance for us all to think about how well we take care of ourselves. It is good to step back and make sure we look after our wellbeing. To make sure that we are covering all basis we need to integrate a holistic approach towards improvement. It can be stressful juggling work, children, social life, the home, extra-curricular activities and developing your career, whilst maintaining good physical and psychological health. Below is not an exhaustive list since you know your own needs better than anyone, but a good guide to keep you on track.
Physical health - Your body is your temple
How well you treat your body is a key part of your wellbeing, but caring for your physical health can be one of the first things sacrificed when under pressure. Eating a balanced diet, drinking enough water and getting regular exercise can be a pleasurable way to keep yourself fit and energetic. Stress can encourage bad eating habits, so don’t eat to beat stress try giving yourself a moment to consider if the next action is going to be good for you or even help you in the long run.
Get a good night’s sleep, preferably 7-8 hours, by creating a regular and relaxing routine. Try to come off all electronic devices 30 minutes to an hour before your bedtime as this can cause a restless nights sleep.
Mental Wellbeing is a topic that you might not think about as much. However, it is just as important as taking care of your physical self. By becoming aware of our mind-body connection we become mindful of the sensations and interactions between the mind and body. This enhanced inter-connectedness helps us to learn about ourselves and our interpersonal relationships.
Protected Me Time
Meditation and Yoga can be used to integrate a bit of self-protected me time. They not only help with relaxation but encourage valuable skills such as awareness, reconnecting the mind and body, strengthening the immune system, but also support a reduction in stress, anxiety, depression to name a few positive outcomes.
Talking to others
At times it is difficult to discuss what is going on for you, but it is always good to talk and tell someone how you are feeling. Whether this is talking to friends/family or a professional, opening up to others will help us through the most difficult times in our lives.
It is important to keep up hobbies, even when you have a busy workload. Hobbies that let you channel your creativity, volunteer or care for others can give a welcome boost to your mental wellbeing. It has been shown that helping others makes us feel good even at a biological level.
Getting out into nature
Modern life can be stressful on a regular basis, so it is healthy to escape your everyday life for a bit. Getting out into nature can help us reconnect with ourselves. Finding a nice green space to go for a walk can be all that’s needed.
Try a digital detox by switching off your devices and you might find that not having anxiety-inducing notifications from social media improves your mood.