Self Care

by Matt West

Self-Care Tips You'll Love

‘The practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness’

What is self-care?

Each individual will have their own version of self-care and an idea of what they could do to relax when you want to be happy and take control of your well-being. Whether it's a hot bath, face mask or some time to play your favourite video-game, find your own way to create that happiness and do it.

The benefits

Unsure that you should prioritise your own self-care? There are a huge number of benefits to improving your own health and wellness, some of the benefits include:

STRENGTHENED IMMUNE SYSTEM

Your immune system strengthens when you embrace self-care techniques, due to the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) activating and helping the body go into a restful state.

INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY

Learning to take care of yourself allows you to give much more. Improving your productivity can benefit your job massively or help you to refocus, concentrate and improve your whole life.

PHYSICAL HEALTH IMPROVEMENTS

When you focus on self-care you may notice your physical fitness increases due to being more outgoing, strong and able to exercise at a high intensity.

IMPROVED SELF-ESTEEM

Being good to yourself helps to send a positive message to your subconscious. Working on improving your wellness helps to discourage negative thoughts that may have knocked you down previously.

Why is self-care important to your well-being?

Improving your self-care is simply to understand your worth, maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself is vital as it can help with positive feelings, boost confidence and your self-esteem.

While people are becoming increasingly busy with work and lifestyle opportunities, self-care is seemingly less important. Wrong! Taking some time each week to really focus on how you feel and make a positive change to your life. Utilising self-care methods means putting yourself first, this may be difficult for some people but if you do not relax then burn out is very likely, both mentally and physically.

Our self-care tips -

1. SLEEP

Get at least 8 hours sleep per night, your body and mind need adequate rest to ensure maximum performance during the day. There are many apps which track your sleep and give you information on how you can improve your sleep pattern. A favourite app of ours is Sleep Cycle as it allows you to fully evaluate and optimise your sleep.

Sleeping helps to aid self-care and reduces stress, level wellness

2. EXERCISE

Try to exercise 3 x per week for at least 45 minutes each time. Set a goal and work towards it. Exercising releases a huge number of endorphins, and these endorphins allow you to feel good and improve weight loss.

3. READ A BOOK

Reading is a great way to relax, let your imagination run wild and embrace the creativity that follows. Spending time in an imaginary world can be an excellent way to reduce stress and take time from the real world.

4. SOCIALISE

Make time to see family and friends, nothing puts you at ease more than laughing and going out to socialise. Maybe try to do something new and exciting, rather than going to bars which can be detrimental to your mental health because of alcohol consumption, try something that will help you bond and stay fit at the same time.

5. HAVE A BATH

Relax in a hot bath, maybe add a bath bomb, get some candles, dim the lights and embrace the peace. A hot bath helps to reduce stress, elevate your mood. We recommend having your bath 1 hour before bed so it helps to ease tour muscles, reduce pain and help you to sleep much better.

Having a bath has many known benefits to improve your self-care

6. DIGITAL DETOXES

Take the time to stay away from technology, enjoy some fresh air without looking at a screen and see how you feel. iPhone's are beginning to give a weekly report on how much time you spend on your phone each day, keep assessing this situation and if you see a number that scares you one week then scale it back the next week.

7. TREAT YOURSELF

Buy yourself something new as a ‘to me from me’. Nothing creates happiness more than retail therapy,right ladies?

8. GET OUTDOORS

Getting out into nature is amazing to boost your mood as you embrace how beautiful nature can be. If you have been experiencing feeling of stress, anxiety or anger, find a route that you will enjoy and get out there!

9. WATCH FUNNY MOVIES

Find an actor/actress that makes you cry with laughter and watch movies their in when you are feeling low. One of our favourites is Adam Sandler, we know many people do not appreciate his work and may disagree but films such as Grown Ups, Happy Gilmore and Water Boy put us in a state of happiness and joy.

10. POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS

Aim to think as positive as you can, don’t let little things get you down. Think about 5 things each day you are grateful for and embrace the state of gratitude you are in. No matter how bad you can begin to feel, remember, as long as you have food and shelter you are still far better off than others in the world.

Thinking positively can help you to improve your health and wellness while prioritising self-care

11. FEED YOUR MIND

Learn a new language, find a topic that really interests you, enrich and grow your mind. Learning something new can help you to refocus and expand your mind.

12. SIMPLIFY YOUR TO-DO-LIST

List your priorities, what is actually necessary to be done first? Reducing the importance of some tasks can reduce a huge amount of stress.

13. LISTEN TO UPBEAT MUSIC

Music that you love can put you into a state of euphoria, keep an artist in mind that really helps you if you need motivating, cheering up or just a good cry.

14. HUG SOMEONE OF YOURSELF

Hugging can make you feel safe, release endorphins and boost your mood. If you do not have someone there when you need that hug, wrap your arms around yourself, seriously, do it. Self-love improves your own state of wellness and hugs can be a big part of that.

15. STROKE YOUR PET

Stroking your pet is an incredible stress and anxiety reliever that can boost your mood very quickly. If you don't have a pet but feel this tip could help you then look for a shelter that encourages members of the public to visit and spend time with the wonderful animals they have available.

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