It is so important to take care of yourself, mind, body, and soul, and not just when you are sick, or feeling rundown. Self care needs to be an integral part of your everyday routine, and small changes can make a huge impact. Below are our top 5 ways to start prioritizing your self-care.
- Don’t over work yourself:
Stress and exhaustion can make you less productive, disorganized and emotionally exhausted. It can also lead to health problems, from anxiety and depression to insomnia and heart diseases. Setting professional boundaries and avoiding overextending yourself ensures that you stay sharp, motivated and healthy.
- Look for opportunities to laugh:
Finding the time to laugh not only makes you happy, but is also proven to have positive health benefits, such as increased mood, healthier heart, and lower stress levels. So why not spend a little more time laughing and a little less time worrying?
- Read for Fun:
Studies have shown that even 5 minutes of reading a day can lower stress levels, lower heart rate, and decrease the chances of dementia. We aren’t just talking about reading the paper or that news article, try reading a book you haven’t had the time to read. It just takes 5 minutes to calm the body, and refresh the mind.
- Spread Kindness:
If you can genuinely compliment one person a day, you can make someone’s day, and feel good about yourself as well! We are so focused on our busy lives. Taking the extra few minutes to compliment the barista, or saying thank you to the person who held the door open for you can make all the difference. It is the small gestures that make a huge difference, not only for the other person but for yourself as well.
- Prioritize your Mental and Physical Health:
Making small changes like drinking an extra glass of water, taking a longer walk, spending that extra 5 minutes in bed, going to the spa with a friend to catch up, or taking a class at the gym can lower stress levels, and bring you closer to your physical and mental goals in 2020!
Remember that not all self-care needs to be physical, we need to focus on our mental well being just as much as our physical, let 2020 be the year you work on your self-care!