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A Plan for Total Self-Care That Goes Beyond the Physical

By Sheila Olson of fitsheila.com

What comes to your mind when you think of self-care? Most likely, your mental images include things like healthy eating habits, a regular fitness routine, and perhaps even the occasional massage. You may not think about health and wellness in terms of your mind or emotions. However, those play an equally important role in your overall well-being. That’s especially true if you’re subjected to high levels of stress at work or in your personal life. Over time, stress raises the body’s cortisol levels and lead to anxiety and depression.

 

Luckily, there are ways you can boost your mental and emotional health to better cope with daily stressors. Before things get out of hand, examine your daily habits. Are you taking care of yourself from all angles? Do you take enough time to pause and relax? Do you eat properly and get enough sleep each day? If you answered “no” to any of these questions, it may be time for self-care. Here are a few suggestions on how to move forward so you don’t burn out.

 

Relax Routinely

 

Increase the good vibes by working relaxation into your daily calendar. For best results, try to schedule an hour to wind down before bed each evening. You might pass this time by reading, meditating, or taking a warm, soothing bath. If possible, politely ask others in your household not to bother you unless absolutely necessary. That way, you can clear your mind before hitting the sheets.

 

Get a Proper Night’s Rest

 

As tired as you may be, you won’t drift off easily if your bedroom isn’t fit for sleep. Does light filter in through your windows and keep you awake at night? If so, you should invest in blackout blinds to stop the passing headlights from entering your room. Do sounds from the neighborhood disturb your slumber? A white noise machine would solve that problem. A quick Google search provides many proven solutions for these problems and more. There’s no reason to let your sleeping environment keep you from getting shuteye.

 

Have Fun Exercising

 

Exercise doesn’t just provide physical fitness; it boosts your mental and emotional health, too. Moving your body on a regular basis can be an excellent way to get fit while having fun. If like many people you struggle to stick with a regular workout routine, you may want to mix things up a bit to stay motivated. After all, fitness shouldn’t be a grind. Team sports like volleyball and soccer are excellent for burning calories, making friends, and putting your hand-eye coordination to work. Give them a try if you haven’t already.

 

If hitting the gym isn’t really your style, you might try working out from the comfort of your own home. Creating your very own home gym is easier than ever. Just turn a spare room, basement, or that unused garage space into an at-home workout area. Do some research and purchase the right weights or resistance bands for your body. Remember, fitness equipment is an investment so it’s always best to read reviews before making a purchase.

 

Add Variety to Your Diet

 

Mixing up your diet can help keep those extra pounds at bay, but you might be surprised to learn that it has other benefits, too. Eating a wide variety of healthy foods like fresh veggies and whole grains ensures your body gets the nutrients it needs. Those immunity-boosting foods help ward off illness, boost your energy levels and prevent stress.

 

Switching to a healthier diet might feel overwhelming at first but stick with it. If you’re pressed for time, look into a fresh food delivery service to get the good stuff to your door. This will help with portion control and variety without the hours spent wandering around the grocery store.

 

Get creative

 

Want to burn calories while saving money? One suggestions is to leave the car in the garage. As a Thrive Global writer explains, commuters shed 13 pounds in the first year after switching to a pair of pedals. As an added bonus, cycling costs only $300 annually compared to $8,600 for a mid-size sedan. That extra cash could fund an awful lot of spa days.

 

As you can see, there are health and wellness options to meet any lifestyle or budget. From spa days to hiking trips, self-care can be whatever you want it to be. All it takes is some planning in advance. Once you find ways to work healthy activities into your schedule, you’ll start feeling happy and relaxed. Best of all, you’ll take a whole new outlook on life.

 

Written by Sheila Olson of fitsheila.com

Image via Pixabay

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