Just like making an appointment to see a doctor, we should make appointments to check in with ourselves and schedule some time for a bit of self-care. Self-care entails more than just physical health, but mental health as well. This last year or two has been stressful for many, and it’s important to make the time to take care of ourselves. Here’s a checklist of good habits and activities to integrate into your daily routine to enhance your overall well-being in the New Year. These tips will help you feel better physically, mentally and emotionally.
Take a break from social media: Turn off notifications or resist getting on social media at least for a week. You’ll probably gain some valuable time to do other things that will prove to be much more productive and better for your mind.
Fit time in to exercise: Binge watching Netflix may be entertaining for your mind but sitting in one place for a long period of time isn’t going to do anything for your body. Make it a point to stretch or do sit ups while you’re watching your favorite flick.
Stay hydrated: It’s very easy to go through the day with only a cup of coffee, especially when you’re working in an office. Start with a jug of water to monitor how much water you are actually drinking, with the goal of drinking six to eight glasses throughout the day. Staying hydrated improves sleep, regulates body temperature and helps deliver nutrients to your body’s cells.
Reach out to a confidante or support group: Reach out to people that you can talk to about something that may be weighing on your mind or causing you to feel down. Not only is it a way to ask for advice, but sharing can diffuse any stress you may be feeling.
Take vacation/personal days: Too many people don’t use their vacation time. It’s important to take the time to recharge and create some balance with work and reap the rewards from having a job. The work will always be there, so make sure to take some time off to relax your mind and body.
Show gratitude: Use a Gratitude Journal or just write down one thing you are grateful for each day. This will encourage you to focus on the positives in your life, rather than the negatives, and you’ll feel good about what you’ve accomplished. When you feel good about yourself, that feeling projects onto others.
If you have any questions about enhancing your self-care routine, please consult your doctor.