Self-Care and Mental Health
Practicing self-care isn’t always convenient. Most of us are crazy busy, have stressful jobs or are too consumed with technology to make time to focus on ourselves. Alone time is usually last on the agenda, or nonexistent. Practicing self-care can improve your mental health, calm your moods and improve confidence. Getting started with self-care can be challenging, though it’s actually very simple.
1. 1. Make sleep part of your self-care routine. Stress and other distractions can wreak havoc on our sleep, causing us to lose control of our emotions when tired. Make time to set yourself up for success the next day with a good night’s sleep.
2. Daily exercise can help you both physically and mentally, boosting your mood and reducing stress and anxiety. The gym is an intimidating environment to some. Find an activity that you enjoy and will look forward to doing to ensure you’ll stick to it.
3. Say no to others, and say yes to your self-care. Learning to say no is difficult, as many of us feel obligated to say yes when someone asks for our time or energy. However, if you’re already stressed or overworked, saying yes to even loved ones or coworkers can lead to burnout, anxiety, and irritability. Be realistic about how much you can handle at once.
4. Taking a self-care trip can make a huge difference in your life. Getting away for a weekend every now and then can help you disconnect, relax and feel recharged. A change of scenery and a little fun can really help improve motivation and productivity throughout your lifestyle.
5. Schedule time for self-care and stick to it. Improving or maintaining both your mental and physical health by taking the time to focus on your needs is not a selfish task. Anything that improves your mood, makes you happy or feel a little better is worth spending the time doing. The more you can work self-care time into your schedule, the better you’ll be able to thrive and be happy.