Self-care is all about looking after yourself and boosting health and wellbeing. If you’re keen to embrace self-care, here are some simple steps you can take today GF!
Sleep and rest
Did you know that around a third of adults don’t get enough sleep? Experts recommend 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Sleep is essential for the body and mind. While you sleep, your body goes through vital restorations and recovery stages and processes. If you don’t get enough sleep, you may find that your mood drops, you’re more irritable and restless than usual and you’re more susceptible to stress, illnesses and infections. There are many causes of sleepless nights, including stress and anxiety, noise and light, pain and sharing with a snorer. If you have an irregular nighttime routine, this can also make it more difficult to sleep. Self-help techniques, such as meditation, exercise and spending time doing activities that make you feel relaxed can aid sleep, but it’s important to understand that advice and help are available. Talking to a therapist, seeing your doctor about insomnia and finding out more about sleep apnea treatment could provide benefits. It’s also beneficial to get into a routine that enables you to relax before you go to bed and encourages your body clock to adjust. If you go to bed at 10pm one night and 1am the next day, your body clock will be out of kilter. Set your alarm for the same time every morning and evening.
Physical activity offers an array of benefits for physical health and mental wellbeing. When you move your body, it triggers a series of reactions, which make you feel good. Your body releases endorphins and the levels of serotonin and dopamine in your brain increase, boosting your mood. Regular exercise can also improve sleep quality and reduce the risk of heart disease, depression, type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer. Aim to do at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week. This can include everything from a brisk walk every day and regular bike rides to swimming, yoga, gardening, hiking, jogging, gym sessions, dance classes and outdoor pursuits.
The relationships we have with others have a significant impact on our mental health. While some relationships can make us feel incredible, others have a negative effect. Surround yourself with people who make you feel safe, secure, loved and valued. Many of us find that our social circles shrink as we get older, but this is not always a bad thing. It’s best to have a smaller group of friends and family members you love and trust. Don’t feel like you have to spend time with people who bring you down or make you feel anxious or upset.
Many of us feel like we work too much and we don’t have enough time to devote to hobbies and interests, socialising or relaxing. Manage your schedule to allow downtime and space for your passions and spending time with friends and family. Click here for a mom’s guide to getting a great work-life balance.
Self-care can have an incredibly positive impact on health and wellbeing. Take these steps today to reap the rewards of looking after yourself.