Prioritizing self-care may seem like common sense, but it’s often the first to be ignored when faced with challenging situations, yet that is the time when self-care is needed most.
Try adding the following in your daily to your routine to support your physical, mental and emotional well-being:
By reflecting and learning from past experiences, you will be able to identify triggers that cause stress, predict your response and change how you react.
Adults typically need seven to nine hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. Getting enough rest is associated with several physical and mental benefits, which impact how you feel throughout the day. Increase your sleep quality by preparing for bed earlier, to fall asleep faster, and engage in calming activities such as reading, journaling, meditating and listening to relaxing music right before bedtime.
Adding physical activity to your routine has a positive impact on boosting mood while reducing stress and anxiety. Workout in a gym, take a group exercise class or go for a walk. Schedule time each day to participate in a physical activity you enjoy.
The foods you consume have a direct impact on your health. Certain foods keep your mind alert and help prevent inflammation and short-term memory loss. Some of the most beneficial self-care foods include fatty fish, blueberries, nuts, green leafy vegetables and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli.
Just say no
While socialization is an important component of wellness, many of us feel obligated to accept every invitation. If you are already stressed or feel overwhelmed, saying yes to every invite can lead to fatigue, anxiety and irritability. Learn to politely decline; you will feel more self-confident and have more time to spend on self-care.
As you take steps to improve your overall lifestyle, it is important to recognize your achievements and congratulate yourself. Celebrate each small victory.
Starting with small, daily goals will help you remain consistent in your dedication for self-care.
Sherry Stick is the fitness and aquatics coordinator at Carroll Lutheran Village and has been working for CLV for nearly 20 years.