How to Build Self-Care into Your Daily Routine
Self-care involves any activity that you do with the intention to take care of your physical, emotional, and mental health. While most of us don’t pay much attention to it, self-care is actually critical to leading a healthy life, and to achieve this, you must build self-care into your daily routine.
But, why is self-care so important? We tend to give more than we take as humans (ask any parent). Taking a little “you time” has multiple benefits many of which are interconnected. For instance, self-care focuses on:
- Improving your physical health: If you commit to self-care, you commit to giving a little more focus to your body. Whether it’s getting more sleep, eating a little better, or exercising a bit each day, any effort to improve your physical health will improve your overall well being.
- Managing your anxiety and stress: Simply finding moments to relax will improve your mood and reduce the symptoms of anxiety and stress that can affect your mental health.
- Increasing your self-esteem: Finding moments to relax can calm you down overall and has a positive effect on your self-perception. Such positivity boosts your self-esteem so that you are more confident.
- Helping you forge better relationships: The more well-rounded your health is (physical, emotional, mental), the easier it is to find the desire and stamina to build strong relationships with people.
With these benefits in mind, how then do you incorporate self-care into your daily routine? Here are four tips on how you can go about this:
The ultimate form of self-care is exercising. So much of your well-being can come from just a few minutes a day. The easiest way to incorporate this self-care principle on a daily basis is by walking. It’s free and has low impact on the body. Take a trip around a block a few times for a week and see how you feel.
Once you get into walking, the next low impact step is cycling. You could integrate an e-bike kit into your normal bike, which turns it into an electric bike. This form of biking is easy because it’s at home, making it readily accessible year-round. Apart from cycling, you can practice yoga or jogging based on your exercise goals. All these activities are easy to perform and will integrate well with your schedule.
Some quick and easy things you can do to eat healthy include:
- Eating more fruits and vegetables. Such foods are loaded with critical minerals, vitamins, and fiber that are good for your overall health. You’ll feel a change in your energy levels almost overnight by doing this.
- Eating slightly smaller portions at mealtime and having a healthy, low-carb snack between meals. This will often raise and maintain a higher metabolism throughout the day. This can regulate your blood sugar, help you burn fat, and can help you from overeating at each meal, which would otherwise make you sluggish.
Guess what?! Sleeping requires no effort at all. You ought to know that a lack of it harms your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Sleep is regarded as one of the core pillars of wellness, along with nutrition and exercise. It doesn’t matter how old you are, you should aim to get at least eight hours of sleep to function better (much more than this can be detrimental). It has been established that sleeping helps you maintain a healthy weight, boosts your performance in all aspects of your life, and enhances your mental health. For better sleep, you need to:
- Have a schedule that dictates what time you go to bed and what time you wake up and stick to it. “Early to bed and early to rise” is still an effective mantra.
- Take time to unwind before you sleep, which means no screen time. Turn that TV, computer, and phone off about an hour before your bedtime.
- Create a good atmosphere for sleeping in your bedroom. Comfy bed and 68° (the optimum temperature for sleeping).
- Refrain from taking caffeine or your brain won’t shut off.
Change your mindset
Accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative to aid in your self-care. Very often, we tend to focus on the negative side of things and ignore the positives. A twist on the phrase “You are what you eat” works here—You are what you think. So, to build an effective self-care routine, you need to focus on the positive and learn to be grateful for everything you have. Write down affirmations of the things that you’re pleased about. Read them daily and over time, you’ll find yourself in a better emotional and mental state.
Bonus tip: Ditch the negative input via social media. We’re overrun with it and it doesn’t do us any good.
Self-care is a personal journey! While there are activities that you can do to achieve it, whatever you decide to do has to be incorporated into your daily life routine. Try one or more of these tips and start feeling better immediately.
About the author: Anda Warner is a certified architect as well as a writer for different websites. She is young and ambitious, with a degree in architecture. Her mission is to inspire others to live their dreams and create their perfect sweet home. She puts a big effort into working with her clients and tries to help them in the best way she can.