Steps For Better Self-Care

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When was the last time you felt truly well-rested and relaxed? It’s easy to go through life feeling constantly exhausted, unwell or unmotivated. This why self-care matters so much!

As I get older I realize that I need to make sure that I take good care of my mind, body and spirit every single day. Not just when I feel really stuck. I’ve learnt how to eat right, reduce my stress levels and to take time out when I really need it. I’ve built a routine that allows me to keep myself healthy, fit and more mentally resilient when it comes to life’s stresses.

I know that practicing self-care isn’t always easy. Most of us are crazy busy, have stressful jobs, or are too consumed with technology to make time for ourselves. I find that ‘Me-time’ is usually last on the agenda when running a busy household. I sometimes felt guilty about taking the time required to take care of myself.

How Do You Engage in Self-Care?

I took the time to learn what may be the most helpful route to self-care for me. It can be different for everyone. There are self-care groups, coaches or therapists who can help you reach your goals.

Sleep, Sleep, Sleep

Sleep or lack of it can have a huge effect on how you feel during the day; both emotionally and physically. We also know that not getting enough can even cause quite serious health problems. But going to bed, stressed, anxious or worried can really wreak havoc with our rest. I started by thinking about creating a nightly routine, to let my body and mind know that it was time to rest. I also started paying attention to what I ate in the evenings. Caffeine, sugar and alcohol are known to affect your quality of sleep so I kept them at bay.

I also made a conscious effort to reduce stress. I made an effort to visit the best chiropractor I could find to release any stressors on my body which also aids sleep. If you have work-related stress, think about the best ways to calm yourself after a hard day or talk to your colleagues about how to more fairly distribute your workload.

Next, make sure your bedroom is the most peaceful place for you to get a really good nights sleep. It should be free of noise, clutter and too many distractions. Be sure to grab a pair of blackout blinds or curtains to keep the sun from waking you up too early in the mornings.  

Look After Your Gut Health  

Junk foods are usually loaded with fat and sugar, and apart from upsetting your stomach, they can cause heartburn. Over-the-counter medications will help relieve heartburn, however, be careful with heartburn medications such as the Zantac tablets, which have been recalled by several generic manufacturers of ranitidine products. There are several federally filed Zantac Lawsuits claiming that the drug contains unsafe levels of cancer-causing substance N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NMDA)

The state of your gut health can have a huge impact on your well-being and feelings of vitality.  Eating certain types of food can crucially affect the quality of bacteria that lives in your stomach. Eating greasy, or junk type foods can have an ultimately negative impact on your overall health and the way your body functions. An unhappy gut can lead to gastrointestinal issues that can increase any negative health symptoms you may have.

Get Out And Exercise

We all know that exercise is really great for us. I found that daily exercise helps me both physically and mentally. It is a great way to reduce stress and anxiety and also can help with weight loss. Of course, with our busy lives, it may be hard to go to the gym daily, but try to incorporate things like tennis, jogging or even yoga to stay mentally and physically at the top of your game. Create a routine that works for you!

Disclosure:  This is not a sponsored post.  There are no affiliate links included in this post.  All thoughts are my own and no other.  This post is now in the guidelines of the FTC.

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