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The topic of self-care is not just a buzzworthy lede that becomes popular every few years. It is a necessary practice that everyone should follow to better care for their body and mind. And that includes you.
Even if you feel that you are too busy to make time to take care of yourself, there are ways to make it happen. Continue reading to learn some helpful ways to add self-care into your daily routine.
Take Care of Your Face
Your face is the first thing you see whenever you look in the mirror, and it is what others notice first, as well. The skin on your face is also the part of your body that receives the most exposure to the elements throughout your life. These factors can cause you stress and unnecessary frustration over the state of your visage.
Facial skin can suffer from too much sun and wind, aging, and lack of care over time. All of this can lead to dry skin that affects how you look and feel about yourself. When you have dry skin on your face, it is important to know the symptoms, causes, and treatment options available to you. Once you know why it happens, you will be armed with helpful information to move forward and better care for the skin you have. Add a few extra minutes in the morning and evening to your getting-ready routine to address your skincare needs and treat your skin well.
Incorporate Exercise Into Your Day
Physical movement is an essential form of self-care that you may not think of. Of course, exercise keeps you healthy and in good physical condition, which is a form of self-care in and of itself. However, by incorporating movement into your daily schedule and adhering to it, exercise is also beneficial for your mind.
Exercising can help you get a better night’s sleep and assist you in falling asleep quicker than if you had not expended physical energy earlier in the day. It is also a healthy form of stress release. Whether you are pounding the pavement on a miles-long run or pursuing the meditative and flowing movements of Tai Chi, the physical act allows you to release any stressors you may have or at least lessen them for the time being. Sometimes, during a sweat session, clarity is achieved through the introspective act of moving your body.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Consuming an entire bag of chips and a tub of your favorite ice cream can be oh-so-delicious and comforting at the moment, but afterward, you might not have the same sentiment. Of course, you should treat yourself every now and then, but you should also practice self-care and self-respect for your body every day.
Opt for healthy foods that make you feel good both while you are eating them and when the meal is over. Make it easier on yourself by embracing the concept of meal planning. At the outset, it may be a little more labor-intensive, but once you get into a routine, it will become second nature, and you will look and feel better for your efforts.
Sleep is essential for everyone. It is a time of respite and relaxation for your body and mind. It is also when your body repairs and heals itself. When you do not get enough quality sleep, you tend to succumb to illnesses more often, might be more irritable, and will become more forgetful. Sleep affects your long-term memory over time and can lead to cognitive problems later in life.
When you choose to prioritize sleep, you simply feel better the next day and have a better outlook on life. Watch this video to learn five tips to help you sleep better.
Journal Your Thoughts
Everyone has thoughts and feelings that ebb and flow throughout the day. The same goes for you. You probably experience a wide range of emotional responses to what you experience as you wake up, go to work, take care of your family, and just live your life. When things are good, they are good. And when they are bad, quite simply it can be bad. Unfortunate news can send you into a spiral of sadness, anger, helplessness, and confusion.
Sometimes the simple act of writing down your thoughts can be healing because you are allowing yourself to name the emotions or truly sit with the feelings you are experiencing by putting them into words. That makes the feelings more concrete. The practice of putting your thoughts down on paper is a cathartic release from your body and mind. It can also serve as a journal or simply a way to work through what you are feeling. Take a few minutes at the beginning or end of each day to sit with your journal and write down your feelings for a healthy way to address what you are going through.
Find a Quiet Place
Finding solitude in a world that is always on and noisier than ever might prove difficult, but you should pursue it nonetheless. A healthy self-care regimen should include holding space for quiet moments each day. Turn off your phone’s ringer and notifications. Pull out your earbuds. Allow yourself to sit and be present in the moment wherever you are.
Quietly watch the clouds pass by. Sit and peacefully pet your dog. Or crack open a good book with a cup of tea. The idea is to quiet the world around you and ignore your to-do lists and social media or the news. Take a few moments for yourself to breathe deeply and quiet your mind while you are doing something or doing nothing.
Whether you have wonderful people in your life who love and care for you or you fly solo, you still need to make sure that you prioritize yourself each and every day. Always remember that you are worth it and deserve to take time to care for your body, sleep when you need to, and eat well. When you care for yourself, you are better equipped to tend to those around you.