UNDERSTANDING how to take care of yourself is an important life skill. But is it something you really know?
Do you understand what you need to make yourself more confident? Or how to manage your stress levels, your energy and your own mental health?
Self-care is essential in establishing to yourself and others that your needs are important, which in turn supports our self-esteem, confidence, motivation and health. From the way we speak to ourselves in our heads, right down to the food we eat and the people we allow into our lives, there are so many factors to consider.
There is a growing awareness of self care, with the hashtag #selfcaresundays highlighting that the day of rest is increasingly becoming the day we can take care of ourselves.
But you don't need to wait for the weekend, as our tips for self care every day will show.
Staying fit and active is crucial for our overall health and definitely falls under the essential self care category.
We need to be keeping active every day, with at least 20 minutes of moderate exercise. This doesn't necessarily mean you need to go jogging, but a brisk walk around the park or a quick home workout can be just the tonic to get the blood pumping.
When we exercise, our bodies release a lot of good stuff like those happy hormones. It's great for stress relief and even does your body a whole world of wonders including burning off fat and, by extension, helping to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
2. Take some time to yourself
It can be hard to find the time to just enjoy your own company. But even if you have a million and one things to do (don't we all), the kids demanding something, social commitments, and barely a moment to stop and scratch your bum, there are aways ways to make time.
Making time to relax, even if it's only a few minutes, can make a huge difference.
3. Self-care Sunday
We mentioned that #selfcaresunday is a thing, so how can you take advantage?
Disconnecting from the digital world is a good way to do this. But we'll be honest, there are lots of great digital based resources that can help you too.
Ideas for self-care Sunday include:
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Take time at the end of each day to acknowledge your little wins. Appreciating the small moments in each day will instil a sense of gratefulness, immediately benefiting our mental health.
Forgive yourself for anger or negative energies you might be holding onto. You might feel like you should be further on in your fitness progress, career or family life by now.
Take some quiet time to say sorry to yourself and acknowledge that you are doing the best you can.
Write down 5 affirmations about yourself and repeat them to yourself every morning before you start your day or whenever you feel you need a pick me up.
Changing your mindset around how you speak to yourself is such a powerful tool for showing continued self-care to yourself.
They should be definitive, powerful statements about yourself:
The more you say these to yourself, the more you’ll believe them and the more you will manifest them.
Self-care is not all about face masks and baths, it is so much more than that. Self-care is about speaking to yourself kindly and making loving choices for your physical and mental health.
If something is not making you feel the best you can, take some time to evaluate and see if you can change it so that it benefits you...
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RWL Corporate Lifestyle Executive | RWL Mindset & Motivation Writer | 10 years of teaching experience specialising in individual learning styles & inclusive practices | Currently studying Nutrition and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy courses
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