Today we want to share with you 4 ways to look after yourself, do let us know which ones you normally prioritise.
Look after your physical health
It is difficult to function and keep on doing so if we neglect our physical health needs. Yet so many of us do and we keep on pushing our bodies until they are at the point of total burnout. It is common as we are all so busy and have one hundred and one things on our to-do lists. You know that you will feel better and do better when you have looked after your physical health, so here are a few easy ways to do so.
You should get enough sleep each night, and you might find that you need to take a few early nights to do this. You need to drink plenty of water each day, so keep a bottle with you and keep on refilling it throughout the day. It is worth thinking about how you are fuelling your body, and thinking about food in this way should help you to make healthy choices. It is also worth getting out into the fresh air each day, and walking the dog, jogging or cycling are all great for your fitness levels.
Catch up with loved ones
There are few things more certain to lift our spirits than catching up with our loved ones.
Spending time with beloved friends and family is a time for you to be yourself, to relax and to share any of your current woes. You can laugh together, you can plan together and you can bicker, and you are sure to come away from your day feeling lighter and rejuvenated.
Take a moment to catch up with loved ones, in person, over the phone, using Skype, whatever works best for you and helps you to feel connected again.
Change the way you think
If you know that you are guilty of thinking negatively about yourself and struggle to give yourself pep talks, then you need to work on changing the way you think. You need to adopt a positive mindset.
There is no easy fix for this one, as it will be a process that you need to work through yourself. You could check out these 13 life changing self help books for help and inspiration as they tackle various aspects of your life.
Make the time to unwind
It can be tricky to unwind and switch off. There are plenty of distractions and other things that you could be doing and sometimes it can feel a little indulgent to simply unwind. But you need it, we all need it.
How you choose to unwind will be a very personal choice, so you should think about those activities that help you to relax. You might love getting out into the garden for an hour, you might enjoy curling up with a book or perhaps you like nothing more than a feel-good film binge.
It is worth making a list of things that help you shake the day off, and have a good mixture of activities that you can do for just a few minutes and then that you can enjoy for a day. For example, if you need a quick fix, dancing round your kitchen might do it for you, or you might enjoy a long hike along the coastline to really blow away the cobwebs.