Now that the new year is here, it’s time to make a resolution that will not only help improve your physical health, but will also significantly enhance your mental and emotional well-being. We’re talking about self-care and why this needs to be the #1 resolution you make—and stick to.
What is self-care?
Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional and physical health. It may be as simple as spending an hour of quiet time a day or making it to your weekly yoga session, but ensuring you practice self-care is key to keeping a healthy and stress-free life.
Why is self-care important?
When we are stressed either mentally, emotionally or physically, it gets hard to handle everyday life. Practicing self-care can trigger the relaxation response, the counterpart to the fight-or-flight response, which occurs when the body is no longer in perceived danger and the body’s nervous system returns to normal. Taking time for yourself will also positively impact your mental and emotional health. It helps to give you more energy and give you higher self-esteem, and all these benefits contribute to a healthy and holistic well-being.
How do I practice self-care?
- Most importantly, know your worth. Your needs matter, too, and understanding this will ensure you keep a healthy relationship with yourself.
- Create—and keep—a healthy work-life balance. Overworking yourself can cause exhaustion, leading to health issues like gastrointestinal problems and inflammation, or even physical and emotional collapse. A healthy work-life balance includes taking breaks often, making (and sticking to) professional boundaries and learning when to say, “No.”
- Incorporate better physical health practices, because self-care isn’t just about mental and emotional wellness. This includes having a healthy and well-balanced diet, getting enough sleep, practicing good hygiene and making sure you exercise on a regular basis.
- Take a little “me” time, like soaking in a bath, getting a massage or spending some time nourishing your skin with natural cleansers and moisturizers. When you relax by yourself, it makes it easier to practice quiet mediation and do some self-reflection without distractions.
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