One of the best things you can do for yourself is to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. Between work and fun, it can be challenging to squeeze in self-care on your calendar. However, one of the most critical things you’ll do in your life is learn how to truly take care of your body and give it what it needs. Sometimes we need to press pause and reevaluate what our daily habits are and try to improve on what we’re already doing. Self-care is a process, and it evolves throughout a lifetime. But it should always be a priority, because ultimately, your health is your wealth!
Here are five tips for taking your self-care routine to the next level.
Treat yourself at least once a week
Your body works hard to help you meet your commitments every day—so it deserves something special! From massages to baths to various body treatments, there are so many options to give your body a special thank you. A foot massage, a manicure, a haircut, or a soak in the tub are just some ways indulge. Whatever it is, find the special indulgence that makes you feel the best, and make sure you give yourself the time to enjoy it every week.
Move your body
We all know the importance of exercise, but that word can make us cringe. Sometimes a shift in perspective is all it takes to kick your body into gear. Instead of looking at exercise as a chore, approach it as a fun way to try something new. Go for a walk, swim in the pool, try kayaking, canoeing, rollerblading, skateboarding, yoga, or Zumba. Find what you enjoy and then get out there and move as much as you can. Your body will thank you.
Eat your fruits and veggies
The standard American diet isn’t always the healthiest or the most nutritious. A wonderful first step in the right, healthy direction is increasing the amount of fruits and veggies you consume every day. This alone will have amazing impacts on your overall health. Buy a juicer or a blender, and you can make a smoothie to get your vegetables in for the day. Consider meeting with your doctor or nutritionist to come up with a health plan personalized for you.
Between work, friends, family, social media and everything life throws our way, there’s always someone or something vying for your attention. Rest is so necessary. No one can function at full speed all the time. Look at your calendar and designate one day each week as your “rest” day. On this day, completely unplug and do activities that help you unwind and relax.
Make sleep a priority
Last, but certainly not least, it’s absolutely critical to make sleep a priority in your life. When we’re well rested, we feel better about everything. Sleep is directly linked to your health, and it’s one of the best things you can give yourself. Set a lights out time and try to avoid all screens for the hour before you hit the sack by docking your phone somewhere out of reach. Make your room dark and do a relaxing activity before bed. Some people need more or less sleep than others, so find the amount that works well for you, and be sure to get to bed on time. There’s truly nothing better than a good night’s sleep.