Simple Ways to Care For Yourself
By Brad | December 13, 2018
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Self-care is a necessary part of living a healthy life. What does it entail? Psych Central breaks it down: “Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health.” It’s also something we enjoy and it isn’t selfish.
Self-care is necessary for maintaining good mental health. What’s more, for those suffering from mental health disorders or drug addiction, self-care -- including meditation, yoga, and exercise -- can supplement treatment and help curb depression, anxiety, and, in the case of addiction, relapse. However, anyone can practice self-care, as it’s good for the mind, body, and soul.
Self-Care When You’re Out
If you work or go to school outside of your home, travel frequently, or have a hectic schedule full of errands, you need to find time for self-care in your busy schedules. Here are some ideas for you.
Stretch or exercise regularly. If you spend long periods of time sitting at a desk or commuting, you need to stretch. You are at risk of obesity, back pain, muscle cramps and poor posture unless you get up regularly. Make the most of your time by doing exercises in and around your desk or a chair. Check out this list of 10 exercises to do at your desk from Forbes.
Get outside. Don’t spend all day sitting indoors. Even if you work in a city, you can often find a park or an urban garden to enjoy. Get outside to feel the sunshine on your skin and give you some Vitamin #. This will clear your head and may even help you to be more creative and productive at work.
Indulge a little. We’re often so busy saying “no” to every temptation that we can forget that a little indulgence from time to time is ok. Rather than overdoing indulgence on junk food or alcohol, switch your mindset and indulge in a calming tea or an energy drink in a flavor you like on most days and save the real indulgence for once a week or less.
Filter out the noise. If you commute or walk to work and other activities, you can use noise-reducing headphones to block out sound. You can also listen to relaxing music or self-improvement podcasts, such as these from the Inspirational Living podcast.
For more ideas, read this self-care guide for busy people from LifeHack.
Reducing Stress In Your Home
Home should be your refuge where you can relax, but it may not be. You may work at home or spend most of your time there, or your home may not be set up the way that you”d like. Here are some things you can do to help reduce stress while in your home.
Meditate daily. Get in the daily habit of meditation. Deep breathing can help clear your mind and help you focus, early in the morning, just before bed, or any time at all! Designate a space or room for meditation where you can set up inspirational artwork, soothing music, and soft lighting to encourage you to stop and meditate daily.
Reduce screen time. Too much screen time is not good for your brain and can disrupt sleep. Log off the smartphones and tablets and turn off the computer and TV long before bed. If you relax with a book that’s on a tablet, use a blue light blocker to read.
Take time to relax. Deep relaxation is a technique that helps you relax all your muscles and your brain, and is a great way to wind down. Learn how to do deep relaxation at WikiHow.
Get a good night’s sleep. To help improve your odds of a sound sleep, use room darkening blinds and a white noise machine to help fall and stay asleep.
Self-care is important for your mental health, so don’t neglect it whether you are home or out. Remember, too, that when we care for ourselves, we are able to give our best to those we love.
Brad graduated from college in 2010 and went straight to the corporate world at the headquarters of a popular retail company. But what started as a dream job soured quickly. After four years of working 15-hour days and neglecting his health, he decided enough was enough. Through aiding a friend during a tough time, Brad discovered his real calling-helping people implement self-care practices that improve their overall wellbeing. He created SelfCaring.info to share his own knowledge and the many great resources he finds on his self-care journey.