Realistically, we need there to be at least 30 hours in a day. This twenty-four-hour thing just isn’t cutting it anymore. Life’s just too hectic. That sense of being overwhelmed is affecting one thing: our self-care. Here are a few simple self-care techniques you need.
We’re just not looking after ourselves the way we ought to be, and that’s because we’re too busy to squeeze in the sorts of things that would really benefit our health. Instead, we’re forced to skip the gym, eat microwavable meals, and only catch a few hours’ sleep a night.
It’s horrendous. But it doesn’t have to be like this. Taking better care of yourself doesn’t have to be overly-complicated, time-chomping, or all-consuming, and to prove this to you we’ve pulled together a list of super-simple ways you can look after yourself a bit better. Super-simple.
Get Outside Every Day
According to some scientists, spending time outdoors has been proved to increase our energy levels and give us an increased sense of well-being. You don’t need to hike Everest or anything, just walking around your garden four half-an-hour to have a positive effect.
Stretch It Out
Stretching is such a simple form of self-care. If you’re really pressed for time, then one of the best things you can do is pause for one minute in every hour and just stretch. Stretch it out. Stretch out as far as you can go. It’s one of the kindest things you can do for your body and, what’s more, you can do it anywhere and at any time.
Sleep For 7.5 Hours
That’s the dream right there (excuse the pun). This is because sleep deprivation can lead to weight gain, a dwindling attention span, decreased productivity, and a bunch of other things. To counter this, set yourself a bedtime and stick to it. Further, invest in a new mattress, starting with a browse of dormreports.com. You can hang heavy drapes over your windows, stop eating large meals before bed and ban your phone from your bedroom.
Eat Right at Night
If you are one of those people that absolutely cannot resist snacking in the evening (like me), try rethinking your snacking strategy. Things like tart cherries, almond butter on toast, fruit and peanut butter, Greek yogurt, and cheese are all great ideas. They’ll help you out more than candy.
Write Down Your Worries
Nothing is worse for your health than having a brain full of swirling and whirling worries. That’s why we recommend you pull out a pen, and a pad of paper. Get into the habit of writing any worries you might have down. This will free up a lot of space in your mind and let you get on with life, whether that is work, sleep or just general goodwill.
Music Is Life
Nothing in life can take you out of your funk faster than uplifting music. So, the next time you are feeling a little low, find an adequate playlist, press play and then just dance. You’ll find your mood changes and your energy lifts in the blink of an eye.
Book More Self-Care
Doing something that’s just for you feels SO good. Heading to a spa, getting a manicure, having your hair done, a massage – all of these things make us feel fantastic, which is why you should book another appointment on your way out of the door. That way you will treat yourself again and not put it off.
We know this sounds bonkers because compliments are given out with the intention of making us feel good. But the reality is somewhat different. Instead of reveling in a compliment, we deflect them, shy away from them, minimize their meaning, ignore them, and loads of other weird things too. Don’t do this. Seriously. The next time someone compliments you – no matter how big or small it may be – look the person in the eyes, given them a huge thank you and let their words sink in a little.
Add Some Color
Life is not meant to be grey; it’s meant to be bright and vivid, and fifty shades of colors and the easiest way to do this is to wear bright clothes, paint the walls of your home a brighter color and all that sort of stuff.
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