Looking after yourself is one of those really important things that we all know we need to do but always forget to do or just don’t make time for it. We are so busy with work and trying to succeed in our careers, look after our homes, keep up with housework, maintain a social life and relationship, and look after our kids. As well as everything else. So we often put ourselves last on the priority list but by making time for ourselves and our health we can then perform better in all other areas of our lives.
Eat Better Food
One of the best ways to look after yourself is to feed yourself nutrients and goodness that will contribute towards good health, giving you energy and keeping you feel fuller in the day so you don’t snack and have sugar crashes. It doesn’t have to be a drastic change, just start introducing more and more better foods into your diet, swap mash potatoes one night for mashed carrots, and swede. Simple things like that will help you eat better and look after your body.
Another way to look after your body is to get up off the sofa and get moving, it doesn’t have to be hours at the gym just not sitting still. Even if you start by going for a brisk walk each day, you will elevate your heart rate, get that blood pumping and start to introduce positive practices into your routine. You don’t even have to leave your house if you don’t want to, on YouTube these days there are thousands of different types of exercise videos, like yoga, dance, and pilates. Have a browse and try something new, you might find that you love it! If you do want to go to the next level you can try something like the anthem silver sneakers plan.
Mental Health Matters Too
Another element of health that is quite often forgotten about is our mental health, by neglecting this we risk ourselves to burnouts, anxiety, and all other sorts of things. Taking time to check-in and practice self-care will help your happiness, health, and how you deal with situations that arise. Bad and stressful things will happen, unfortunately, it isn’t something we can avoid, but it is how we deal with them that can make a difference in how things end up and how we feel. Try things like being grateful and noting things you are grateful for that day, you can also practice mindfulness and meditation and make sure you are sleeping enough. There is so much you can do to look after your mental health and it is all so personal, so work out what works for you and if you need to make an appointment with yourself so you do it and don’t keep putting it off.
These simple tips can help this year be one of the happiest and healthiest yet. Knowing the importance to look out for ourselves is the first step.
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