We lead busy lives and we rarely make time to look after ourselves. There are always a dozen more pressing things that we could be doing so we do not prioritize our bodies and minds. Yet we know that we should do this, it makes absolute sense to do this. We can only keep ticking all of those other things off our lists if we are fit and full of energy and motivation. So today we want to share with you five simple ways to give yourself a self-care boost.
Drink plenty of water
We know that we should do this, and yet we don’t! There are so many health benefits of drinking water from energizing our muscles to helping our skin to look good. The key to drinking plenty of water is getting into the habit of doing so.
Initially, you will need to consciously set yourself a goal of drinking a certain amount each day. If you do not drink anywhere near as much as you should, then start small and build it up over time as you are then more likely to stick with it.
If you are not keen on the taste, you will eventually adjust to it, but perhaps infuse your water with salad or fruit initially to make it more palatable to you.
Think about all of the ways that you could walk more. For most of us, there will be plenty of opportunities.
At the weekends, find an hour or two to get outdoors walking. Head to your nearest trails, beach or woodland and enjoy the scenery as well as the exercise.
Have an early night
This one is probably the easiest one to do on this list and yet so many of us fail to do it time and time again.
There is always something more pressing to do than go to sleep, isn’t there? Whether it is your huge to-do list, household chores or catching up with TV and social media, there is always something that sees us staying up later than we intend to day after day.
Make a commitment to yourself that once a week you will ensure that you have an early night. Even if it just half an hour, it will make a world of difference to you. Ensure that you switch off screens and avoid caffeine so that you can get straight off to sleep and make the most of your extra time. For long-term benefits, consider upgrading your mattress to make sure you’re always getting a great rest.
Think about your nutrition
Think about everything that you choose to put into your body each and every day. Does it nourish you? Does it have a purpose?
We all have those days when all that we want to do is grab some fast food to get us through the afternoon at work. There are those moments when a sugary snack is all that we are craving and it hits the spot instantly for us. The problem comes when we are putting more of these into our bodies than the good stuff.
Take some time to think about your nutrition. Ensure that you are opting to eat things that actively nourish and boost your body and its immune system, making you feel good about yourself.
Along with the food that you choose to eat, think about your drinks and any supplements that you may benefit from. You might like to try natural remedies such as dandelion root or chamomile.
Do something that makes you happy
Whilst the suggestions on this list look after your body and mind, they do not necessarily give you a happiness boost. Which is why we want to finish up with this one as it is key to looking after yourself. You must find ways to pamper yourself after a long week.
Whether you are happily curled up with a book, catching up with friends, seeing the latest movie or rock climbing, make sure that you do something that makes you happy and does it regularly.
We can often neglect these ‘little things’ and yet when we step back from it we see that these are actually the big things, These are the things that make us happy and that keep us going each week so do ensure that you prioritize them.