INCORPORATE SOMETHING YOU LOVE INTO YOUR DAILY ROUTINE:
If this one seems simple, that’s because it is. Self-care can be defined as any activity that we do that helps us take care of our physical, mental and emotional health. So if you enjoy running, yoga, taking an hour-long bath or spending 20 minutes doing a face mask and reading a book, make sure you schedule the time to do this regularly. Not only will it help you unwind, but it’ll allow you some time to do the things that you really want – which can be hard when life gets hectic.
GO TO SLEEP:
This one is totally overlooked, but it’s a major key to taking care of yourself. Your body survives on three things: food, water and sleep. Without these three elements (and enough of them!), your body struggles. That means that your physical, mental and emotional health will start to slip. Try to get 6 to 8 hours of sleep a night, and test out a sleep tracker app to monitor your patterns. If you find that eating later at night causes you to be more restless, alter your schedule to find the routine that allows you to have the restful night’s sleep you (and your body!) needs.
TAKE MENTAL HEALTH DAYS:
Just like when you’re flat in bed with the flu, or a stomach virus has you hugging the toilet all night, there are days when you’re not well – mentally too! Especially with the stress of work and life and friends and family and drama and everything just tumbles into one, it’s important to recognize when you need a little break, and allow yourself that day (or half day) off to refuel and re-energize. Now don’t get us wrong, we’re not telling you to take a mental health day once a week, but talk to your boss at work when you’re really feeling like you need one. Not only will it do wonders for you personally, but you’ll return to work refreshed and better than ever.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY:
An easy way to take care of yourself in totality is by starting with your body. Feeding your body the right nutrients (that means no junk food!) and incorporating some exercise into your routine, even if it’s an afternoon walk, will do wonders. If you can’t commit to organic cooking and daily exercise, aim to cut back on processed foods or start a routine to eat really clean once a week, and increase accordingly. It’s also important to listen to your body and see how these changes make you feel – if it’s positive, continue!
Now, we’re not saying go wild. But allow yourself some indulgences if you feel for them. Dying for a glass of wine? Go ahead. Feeling for a bubble bath? Sure! Craving that chocolate bar? Indulge! But it’s also important to set a limit to how many indulgences you’re allowed per week. Self care also means practicing moderation.