Do you take care of yourself on a daily basis? Looking after your own wellbeing is essential to your overall health. You might already know that but few people know just where to start. Luckily, I’ve got some small and simple tips that will help you boost your self-care!
Make a list of goals each day
Want to know a secret? Productivity is the key to happiness. It’s true. Think about it. When you get a whole lot done during the working day, how does it make you feel? The chances are that you head home feeling tired, yet fulfilled. Well, what if you could have that ultra satisfied feeling every single day? You can.
Each morning when you get up, take just five minutes to write down some goals for the day. They don’t have to be massive targets – just small, attainable things. For example, one could be to send a certain email or call your best friend. You’ll feel so good as you start ticking these goals off your ‘to do’ list.
Workout in the great outdoors
While there’s nothing wrong with hitting the gym, I like to encourage my clients to get outside now and then. Working out in the great outdoors can yield some great health benefits. Research has found that partaking in outdoor activity sees greater levels of self-reported mental wellbeing than indoor activity.
There are many ways in which you can take your exercise regime outside. You might want to plan a run or just practice some yoga in your garden. These small changes could boost your mental health more than you realize. Give them a go!
Take up the art of meditation
Of course, one of the most popular ways to improve your levels of self-care is to take up meditation or mindfulness. We all lead extremely busy lives so taking a few minutes to relax each day can only be a positive thing. One of the main reasons people are wary of giving this a go is that they think it will be hard. It doesn’t have to be!
If you’re completely new to the art, there’s a whole load of help out there. You should be able to find guides online as well as handy step-by-step meditation apps. Remember, there are loads of different styles of mindfulness so figure out what works for you.
Stop believing that you’re stressed
Make no mistakes – stress is a state of mind. While we all have stressors in our lives, we are in control of how they affect us and impact our mental wellbeing. Perceived stress (i.e. the belief that you are overwhelmed by it) can increase your chances of having heart problems in later life, according to research. So, how can you avoid this issue?
Well, it’s a case of mind over matter. One of the best ways to relieve your stress is to write down your problems. When you feel as though the world is on your shoulders, take a moment to write down everything that’s bothering you. Visualizing these issues can often help you find reasonable solutions and deal with them well. Simple.
Spend an hour reading a book
When was the last time that you sat down and read your favorite book? We now live in a world rife with technology. From Netflix to Instagram, there’s all manner of modern-day distractions that will likely get in your way. However, taking the time to read a book now and then could be a great way to get the self-care you need.
Regularly reading works of fiction can improve your empathy, according to the results of one study. The ability to empathize and understand others not only makes life easier but it is also a refreshing revelation. Set aside some time and unleash your inner bookworm.
Relax and unwind!
Above all else, you need to make sure that you make the time to relax and unwind. Being busy and productive is a positive trait but you mustn’t let it take over your entire life. Each day, make sure that you set aside some downtime just for you. This small tip could help you to refresh your mind and body more than you know!
Do you want to boost your wellness? Get in touch with me today and let’s start planning for a better, healthier future!
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