When we create a self-care regime the idea is to improve both our mental and physical health. Taking good care of yourself isn’t always easy, you need a plan and you need tactics to cope with stressors. Thankfully, the simple ideas are often the best. Let’s take a look at how you can boost your wellness levels today.
1 . A project just for you
Self-care is about reclaiming the right to put yourself first sometimes. When we have lots of family and work-life commitments, sometimes our own needs take a back seat. This year, challenge yourself to start a project that’s just for you.
Choose something that will help with your personal development, or something that will bring you joy. You might like to take a language learning course, attend art classes or join a book group? Perhaps you’d like to start a blog, writing about a subject that you enjoy?
2. Try calming herbal supplements
Self-care means taking care of your body and mind and finding projection against physical and mental stressors. We all feel stressed at times, and stress can negatively impact both our body and mind. To help you calm down when you feel anxious, there are several calming herbal supplements you can try. Consider herbs such as chamomile, passionflower, valerian root, or ashwagandha.
3. Eat to improve your mood
Eating healthy and nutritious foods is an important part of any self-care regime. To give yourself an added boost, try focusing on a ‘mood-boosting diet’. There are lots of foods that are scientifically proven to boost your mood, including dark chocolate, bananas, fish, berries, and nuts. There are plenty of goals you can set yourself when it comes to your diet. You might want to eat more green vegetables, or improve your digestive health.
4. A new fitness activity
A great fitness routine is the best way to improve your wellness levels, practice self-care, and raise your endorphins. Why not try a brand new fitness activity this year? You might like the idea of a dance class, or joining a tennis club? Perhaps you’ve heard a lot about the benefits of yoga and have always wanted to try it? Whatever fitness activity you’d like to try, ensure that you get yourself a quality pair of sports leggings, and some comfortable shoes.
5. Self-care resources
There are lots of different self-care resources which can guide you to create the perfect routine. These apps are a fantastic starting point:
Fabulous: With the help of this app you can ‘create a healthier, happier life. Fabulous supports users to set goals and develop healthy habits. The app uses a holistic approach, helping you to feel more productive and motivated.
Happify: Using Happify you can challenge negative thought patterns, identify your stressors, and want to improve your happiness. There are plenty of neat activities to make the whole process fun.
With the right approach, it’s easy to improve your self-care efforts. The key is, to ensure that you set manageable goals. Don’t promise yourself that you’ll work out five days a week if you realistically can’t manage that. Challenge yourself to work out twice a week to start, (and build up from there)!