Show of hands if you have a daily routine that includes self care?
Did you know self care reduces stress?
It is vital that you take care of your soul, mind, and body. Studies show adding a self care routine to your daily activities helps reduce stress. You can also reduce your chances of mental and physical ailments. At the same time, you increase your productivity and inspire feelings of happiness. Getting started with a routine can be challenging, but there are many ways you can take care of yourself. With these tips, you can build a successful foundational routine for years to come.
Get Enough Sleep
Building a healthy foundation is essential to ensure your body gets its needs met. First, get enough and consistent sleep. Getting enough sleep has a direct impact on your mental and physical health. Not getting enough sleep can take a severe toll on you. It can affect your daytime energy, productivity, emotional balance, and even weight.
The best way to have a healthy sleeping routine is by going to bed and getting up at the same time every day. A routine will help set your body’s internal clock and optimize the quality of your sleep.
The second way to build a healthy foundation is by eating healthy and to be mindful. The type of food you eat can either keep you healthy or contribute to weight gain or diseases such as diabetes. Consume a balanced diet, including fruits and vegetables. Allow yourself to indulge in the meal without any distractions. Mindful eating impacts your wellbeing in a positive way.
Start an Exercise Routine
Exercise is the ultimate form of self-care. Regular exercise can improve physical health. It also reduces the risk of health conditions and keeps your emotions balanced. To fit exercise into your schedule, try exercises you can do from home. Some include yoga, tennis, running around your block, or several other at-home workouts.
Say No to Things You Don’t Agree With is a form of self care
Saying no, especially to people you care about, even if you disagree with what they ask, can sometimes be hard. Did you know that saying no will save your energy? It adds extra positive energy because you are now in conscious control. Besides, it enables you to avoid unnecessary burnout. Avoid anxiety and irritability that comes with saying yes to things.
Treat Yourself Like You’d Treat Your Family or Best Friend.
Treating yourself is being kind to yourself. Nurture, love, and support yourself in the same way you would do for family or a friend in need.
Regardless of the routine you choose, self-care is important. Try long walks, 30-minute at-home workouts, dinner with friends, and get adequate sleep. It’s best to include these routines in your regular schedule. For instance, you may decide to do a 15-minute meditation every morning before you begin your day. The more you can include self-care time into your calendar, the better you’ll stay healthy.
Michelle D. Garrett is the founder of Divas With A Purpose. She focuses on sharing resources for being purposely productive; setting personal and professional goals and achieving them through daily action; and successfully running a business while focusing on your mental health. Michelle is a full-time entrepreneur who specializes in teaching female entrepreneurs how to show up consistently in their business – online and off.
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