Self-care has come to the fore during the pandemic, as we look for ways to cope with rising stress and anxiety levels and look after our bodies and minds. In this guide, we’ll discuss simple ways to embrace self-care. 

Taking care of physical and mental health

We often think of health as being fit and eating well, but there is so much more to healthy living. It’s not possible to prevent every illness, but there are steps you can take to reduce risks and enhance physical and mental wellbeing. Keep up to date with routine tests and checks, see your dentist and optometrist regularly, ensure your diet is nutritious and balanced and get into a routine that enables you to get enough sleep. Include exercise in your daily routine. Moving your body is beneficial for joints, muscles and your cardiovascular system, but it also lifts your mood and reduces stress levels. Even if you only have 15 minutes away from your desk during a busy afternoon, stretching your legs and getting fresh air will provide incredible benefits. 

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Managing your time

Many of us feel like we’re swimming against the tide all the time. If you struggle to get everything done and you feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day, it’s crucial to manage your time and to understand that taking breaks is essential. It’s understandable to assume that the more hours you work, the more you get done, but this is not always the case. Managing your schedule can help you to boost productivity and efficiency. It’s critical to look after your body, to take time away from your computer and to learn to say no if your dairy is already packed and you’re spinning too many plates.  

Spending time doing things that make you happy

One of the most effective ways to boost mental wellbeing and lower stress levels is devoting time to activities or hobbies that you enjoy. From reading, writing, painting and meditating to running, doing yoga, hanging out with friends, baking or hiking, it’s so important to find a balance between work, looking after others and enjoying time alone or with family and friends. 

Recognizing when you need a break

We all have days when it feels like our to-do lists are endless or we wake up feeling exhausted or lacking motivation or enthusiasm. Stress is part and parcel of life, but it can take its toll if you reach a point where you are running on empty or you feel like you are constantly under pressure. Learn to spot triggers and understand when it’s time to take a break. Nobody is superhuman and we all need time out to unwind, relax and clear our minds. There’s no shame in asking for a day off or canceling plans to take a weekend to recharge your batteries. There’s also nothing wrong with asking for help or saying no to overtime or social invitations if you’re craving downtime.

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Self-care is all about looking after yourself and protecting your body and mind. If you’re looking to make changes to put your health and wellbeing first, take these simple tips on board. 

 

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