Taking care of your family and friends while handling the pressures of work will quickly deplete your internal battery. And when your energy is gone, everyone you love and everything you love to do suffers. The following self-care suggestions are intended to help you recharge so you have the stamina to live your life well.
Setting aside time each day or a few times a week, at least, to work out is a wonderful way to practice self-love. If you take a yoga class, you will not only challenge your strength but also your balance and flexibility. No matter what type of yoga you practice, it is an experience that requires your full attention, helping your mind to feel calmer and clearer with each pose. According to Gaiam writer Elizabeth Wellington, a regular yoga practice inspires a mind-body connection that supports your well-being.
The noise of life can overtake your thoughts, leaving you with cloudy thinking. Stifle the noise by seeking a quiet place where you can comfortably and calmly clear your mind with meditation, advises PopSugar writer Hilary White. A meditation practice doesn’t have to be long to deliver benefits. Just one minute of mindful attention on your feelings, body and thoughts supported by deep breathing can start or end your day on a self-care note, according to spiritual director, writer, ministry planter and Huffington Post contributor Larissa Marks, who calls this practice a mini-meditation.
Look away from screens
Staying connected is easier than ever thanks to smartphones, home computers and laptops. What was supposed to help you find more freedom in your workday has turned your nine-to-five day into a 24/7 connection. It may feel like emails, texts, Tweets and posts, whether regarding work or between your friends, cannot wait, but they can. Co-founder and CEO of Kiip and Inc. contributor Brian Wong understands how taxing work responsibilities can force you to stay connected all the time. If putting your phone down strikes terror in your heart, Wong suggests starting slow by eating a meal sans phone or not checking communications on your way into the office.
Putting pen to paper to keep a journal – for example, crafting a gratitude list -- is a wonderful way to see and chronicle the good in your life, writes Wellington. If journaling is not your thing, there are many other ways to stretch your creative muscles: Painting, crafting and drawing can reconnect you with your creative self.
Close your eyes
Sleep deprivation is a chronic condition for most adults, and it just makes everything more difficult. Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the best ways to safeguard your health and practice self-care. Wellington challenges you to gift yourself a life-changing 10 hours of sleep each night.
Self-care is all about focusing on you and what makes you happy, and helps you feel re-energized and able to take on the rest of your day or the next. Your idea of self-care is as unique as you are. Consider these suggestions as a jumping-off point to find the self-care activities that resonate most with you.
Disclaimer: The content in this article is for entertainment and general educational purposes only. It is not intended to replace the opinion, advice or instruction of a doctor/professional. If you have questions, seek the advice of your doctor or other health professional.