If you are looking for a good reason to treat yourself, you probably aren’t resting yourself enough. Putting off ‘me time’ can be detrimental to your overall health, and will contribute to you feeling overwhelmed, chaotic or run down.
You may feel that your life revolves around work or family, working yourself until there is nothing left in the tank.
This is why self-care is extremely important, for your body and mind to be aligned.
Self-care is the health care you provide for yourself. Defined loosely, self-care is any activity that allows you to align your body with your mind, with the ultimate end goal of improving your mental and physical wellbeing.
Self-care improves your personal relationships, your mental health and your physical wellbeing.
Avoiding self-care and self-betterment means the risk of negative thinking, low self-esteem, fatigue and self-neglect. It will be difficult to develop and maintain relationships with family and friends as well as yourself.
Get active and stay active
Any physical activity is better than no physical activity at all. Taking the time for small breaks throughout the workday to walk around or stretch is essential; joints need movement to remain lubricated and can lower the risk of osteoarthritis later in life. It is recommended to participate in 150minutes of exercise per week at a minimum.
Listen to your body
Pain is your body’s way of telling you to slow down or stop yourself from continuing a particular activity. Pain is a signal to lower the workout or activity intensity and frequency, to not push through the pain. By doing so, it gives your body permission to recover and settle, as it can decrease the risk of injuries.
Enough sleep or rest
It goes without saying that getting enough sleep is optimal for self-betterment. Your body wants downtime, therefore planning rest periods and getting the required seven hours of sleep a night. If you are pushing your body too hard one day or stay up too late, you risk being unable to be active and productive the next day.
Breathe, relax and a little stress is okay
Breathing exercises are a great way for self-betterment. Diaphragmatic breathing assists with reducing stress, as it helps to control the nervous system and encourages the body to relax.
Life can be hard at times, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it. The first step you need to take is the want to see a change in your day-to-day life. If something is not right, fix it immediately.
The most important takeaway from this is to be kind to yourself and not punish yourself if you forget or don’t have time to relax. Try to make time for yourself and learn that a break from work is not the worst thing.