Self care is so important. It is absolutely vital to take care of your mind and body, in this day and age, where there are so many demands placed on an individual.
Think about it, an average person has work stress, financial stress, family life to deal with, theres just so much going on and it is all an elaborate balancing act.
In between all of the madness and the rat-race, I think it is imperative that you take care of yourself. This will help you perform at your optimum and peak. This will help you feel less stressed and overwhelmed. This will help keep you sane and healthy.
Taking a walk in nature, dipping your feet in the ocean or just hugging someone you love can instantly lift your mood and make you feel good. All of these little actions are part of the self-care process.
Self-care means different things to different people. There are plenty ways to invest in self-care and look after yourself. The activities I am going to list below will not cost you any money, but they will make you feel lighter and refreshed.
1. Rest, Rest, Rest.
I know we all have busy schedules and theres nothing wrong with that, but its great to let your body rest and recharge every now and then. If you don’t have the time to take a nap (which many of us don’t) then aim to be in bed atleast 30-60 minutes earlier than normal, to allow your body to rest. I have read previously , in many articles, that scientist find sleeping for 8 hours or more a night will lower your risk of developing health issues that may actually be quite costly to treat. Getting your sleep will also help you make smarter decisions, especially when it comes to your finances.
2. Healthy Eating.
Stocking up on healthy ingredients such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, great sources of protein and good fatty acids will keep your system up and running. It will ALSO save you cash in the long run, as frequently eating out can become quite expensive. for many, the act of cooking is a way to relax and unwind. Healthy recipes are easily accessible through a quick google search, and you can become quite the healthy master chef. Try Pinterest for recipes too.
Exercise is one of the best ways to practice self-care AND you don’t need a gym membership to keep your heart rate up. Clear your head while raising your endorphin levels by going for a run, practicing some yoga, or completing a home workout. There are plenty free workout plans available, so find something you like and take an hour or so to strengthen your mind and body.
4. Organise your space.
A little organising does the soul good. Sometimes a busy schedule can make home upkeep less of a priority. One inexpensive way to invest in your self-care is to declutter. Cleaning out your space can re energise you and lift your mood. Feng shui your room or organize your stuff to literally and figuratively clear away the clutter.
5. Set Goals.
Setting goals can increase your motivation and drive. The practice can also help you keep perspective and plan ahead. If your aim is to save money, write down your goal and a few ways you will achieve this feat. And as a bonus, your determination and focus could seep into other aspects of your life as well, including taking care of yourself physically and mentally.
Keep track of your mental and physical health. 2018 has only just begun, and if you take small steps to assure your self-care, you won’t struggle from burnout half way through the year.
By putting simple measures into place, you can actually work better, harder and achieve all your goals.
This is your year to be great. This is your year to achieve all you have set your mind to. Be strong and be smart.
Thank you for reading! I hope this post can help you take care of yourself a little bit better.
Wishing you peace ✌🏼, love ❤️ and light 💡 .