Mindful May - Part 2
Self Care – Important now more than ever
In these current and unprecedented times, it important that you take good care of your body, mind and soul now more than ever. Learning how to eat right, reduce
stress, exercise regularly and take a time-out when you need it can help you anti-stress, stay healthy and be resilient.
Practicing self-care isn’t always easy. Most of us are busy trying to juggle work and family life or are too consumed with technology to make time for ourselves. “Me-time” is usually the last thing on our agendas and sometimes we can feel guilty about taking the time required to take care of ourselves.
Here are some ways to get started with self-care.
Make sleep part of your self-care routine
Sleep can have a huge effect on how you feel both emotionally and physically. Stress and other distractions can wreak havoc on our sleep.
Start by thinking about your nightly routine. Are you eating or drinking immediately before bed? If so, it's especially important to stay away from caffeine and sugar which tend to keep you awake.
Make sure your bedroom is the best possible place for you to get good REM sleep. It should be free of distractions (such as a television, mobile phone) and make sure the room is dark to keep the sun from waking you up too early in the mornings.
Take care of your gut
Your gut health can have a significant impact on your health and well-being. The types of foods you eat crucially impact the bacteria that live in your stomach, resulting in a cascade of either positive or negative outcomes. An unhappy gut can lead to an unhappy person and vice-versa.
Exercise daily as part of your self-care routine
We all know exercise is good for us, but do we really know how good it is? Daily exercise can help you both physically and mentally, boosting your mood and reducing stress and anxiety. Just a quick walk or run each day might fit into your schedule more easily. The most important thing is to create a routine that works for you.
Eat right for self-care
The food we eat will either keep us healthy or contribute to weight gain or diseases such as diabetes but it can also keep our minds working and alert. Eating the right foods can help prevent short-term memory loss and inflammation, both of which can have long-term effects on the brain and the rest of our body. Some great self-care foods include fatty fish, blueberries, nuts, green leafy veggies.
Say no to others
Learning to say no is really hard and many of us feel obliged to say yes when someone asks for our time or energy. However, if you’re already stressed or overworked, saying yes to loved ones or coworkers can lead to burnout and anxiety. It may take a little time and practice, but once you learn how to politely say no, you'll start to feel more empowered, and you'll have more time for your self-care.
Getting out and about
Spending time outside can help you reduce stress, lower your blood pressure and be more mindful. Getting outside can also help you sleep better at night, especially if you do some physical activity, like going for a run, cycle or a walk.
Take care of yourself by getting organised
Getting organised is often the first step to becoming a healthier you because it will allow you to figure out exactly what you need to do to take better care of yourself. A small change, like keeping a planner or a calendar on the fridge, can help you write down your responsibilities and appointments. You can also create an area to keep keys, purse/wallet, diary so they are ready to go for the next day.
Schedule your self-care time and guard that time
It can be hard for us all to find extra time. But it’s extremely important to plan regular self-care time. Moments alone can help you to contemplate the best ways to move forward in your life and keep you grounded. Moments with friends can help you feel more connected and relaxed.
Whether you decide you want to go for a long walk, take a hot bath, or enjoy a good movie with friends, making self-care time is so important. Look for small ways you can incorporate it into everyday life; for example, you might wake up 15 minutes earlier to sit with a cup of coffee and practice some deep breathing. You might take a walk around the block on your lunch break. The more you can work self-care time into your daily life, the better you’ll be able to grow, enjoy your life, and thrive.
It’s a good day to have a good day if you want a good day