There's a lot of misconceptions when it comes to self-care. One of them is that it's a selfish thing to stop the day to day living and take care of yourself. I try to take at least one or two days a month and decompress so that I can recenter myself and focus better.
Being a blogger and someone who works from home, we're tied to technology, social media, and emails way more than some of us would like to be. So sometimes, a lil' self-care goes a long way to keep us as sane as possible.
Looking to give your health and well being a reboot?
Want to increase your energy levels and feel happier?
There’s no quick fix to improving the health of your body and mind, but with the right steps and a little perseverance, you’ll soon see results.
Self-Care Does Not Mean You're Selfish
Improve your sleep
Lack of sleep has drastically negative effects on both our bodies and our minds. Sleeping poorly affects our immune system and leaves us more vulnerable to sickness and infection. When we lack sleep we are also more likely to experience feelings of stress and anxiety.
Establish a routine so that you are going to sleep and waking up at the same time. A routine can help train your body to sleep for a certain amount of hours. Secondly, try meditating or listening to a sleep audio track to help you drift off. Supplements like magnesium and valerian are also effective sleep aids.
Ditch the fad diet
When many of us think about getting healthier we think about shifting a few pounds and getting to the gym more. It can be tempting to try a strict fad diet to lose weight, however, these are rarely sustainable in the long term. It’s a far better idea to eat healthily 5-6 days a week and then give yourself at least 1 or 2 ‘cheat days’! To help inspire your healthy meals try apps like Sidechef, Noom or VNutrition.
Book your health checks
Booking regular health checks is important to keep on top of any potential health issues. If you can’t remember the last time you had a dental check or a hearing test, it’s best to get these sorted now! Hearing decline can be gradual, but if you discover the warning signs early, your audiologist can help. To find out more, check out the Quality Hearing Aid Center.
Cold water therapy
Okay, so this is a bit of a niche one, and it’s certainly not for everyone! Nevertheless, cold water therapy has plenty of health benefits. So what is it exactly? Well, cold water therapy involves submerging your body in cold water ( ice cold) for extended periods of time. There are classes and workshops that you can attend if you’d like to try it. Swimming in a cold water lake, or taking cold showers works just as well! Coldwater therapy can help to boost your immune system, prevent illness, and improve circulation.
Want to improve your health and wellbeing but not sure where to start? The best thing to do is to arm yourself with plenty of resources for inspiration. Here are two to get you going:
Put Yourself First Podcast:
This podcast discusses themes of self-care and setting goals. If you’re looking for inspiration about how to live your best life, Kat Horrocks has got all the ideas you need!
The Sanvello app is a self-help tool that empowers users to manage their thoughts and moods. Using the app you can set positive goals, cope with negative emotions, and learn about mediation.