04 Feb The Power of self-care: 4 Tips to try today
By Maha Souman, B.A.
The Power of Self-Care
Self-care isn’t always easy to do. The majority of us are overworked, have stressful jobs, or are too focused on technology to have time to ourselves, therefore self-care usually falls last on the to-do list. And sometimes we might even think that self-care is selfish and feel guilty for taking the time to care for ourselves. As a result, getting started with self-care might be difficult. Try thinking of self-care as a way of looking after yourself so that you can be a healthier version of yourself, be able and willing to do your work, help and care for others, and complete all of those tasks on your to-do lists. By allowing for self-care time during your busy week, you will begin taking care of your overall holistic wellness including your physical, emotional, and mental health. This act of nourishment will help you lead healthier, happier, and more fulfilling lives.
Four Tips to Get Started today:
Making sleep a priority
Sleep is an important part of how you may be feeling both physically and emotionally. Not getting enough sleep can lead to health difficulties and an increase in stress and anxiety levels. In order to begin incorporating sleep as a part of your self-care routine, begin by considering what you are doing immediately before sleep and ensure that you are cutting back on the amount of caffeine and sugar you are having right before bed which can lead to difficulty sleeping.
Taking care of your gut health
Your gut health has a significant impact on your overall well-being. The bacteria that lives in your stomach is influenced by the things you eat, resulting in either positive or harmful consequences to your overall health.
Exercise and movement
We all know that exercise is beneficial to our health, but do we really understand how beneficial it is? Exercise on a daily basis can benefit you both physically and emotionally, as well as improve your mood and lower tension and anxiety. Try finding a quick and fun 15-minute workout routine on Youtube!
Say “yes” to more you time
It’s difficult to say no; many of us feel bound to say yes when someone requests our time or energy. Saying yes to loved ones or coworkers, on the other hand, might lead to burnout, anxiety, and irritability if you’re already pressured or overworked.
There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach to self-care. Your self-care has to be tailored to your specific wants and needs and what’s currently going on in your life. You don’t want to wait until you’re feeling extremely stressed and overwhelmed to begin practicing self-care! Taking actions each day to ensure that you have everything you need to deal with the stress and obstacles that you experience is important and having a mental health professional who can guide you to find what best works for you is important too. Schedule a free consultation with a mental health professional today as your first steps in creating your self-care plan!