Time-Saving Tips to Help You Take Better Care of Yourself
23 May 2016
“If you are traveling with children, or are seated
next to someone who needs assistance, place the mask on yourself first, then offer assistance.”
Experts suggest we neglect self care because it can be tough to manage stress and make healthy changes amidst the daily chaos of our lives. Self care is also sometimes associated with selfishness, laziness and over-indulgent behavior. Mentally, this might make us feel guilty for thinking we need to take a break from our lives to do something
that, simply put, makes us happier, healthier and better as an individual. Forgetting to secure your oxygen mask first has some pretty dangerous side effects such as making you susceptible to the common cold and flu, causing emotional breakdowns and making existing conditions worse.
Taking time to check in with your mind and body is not a bad thing. It is important for your health and shouldn’t be considered selfish.
When you take better care of yourself, you will see an improvement in many areas of your life. Here are 3 examples:
1. Your income: When you invest in your health, you save money in the long run by keeping your medical expenses low. Immediate savings come in the form of money you save on trying every new fad diet product, pill, wrap and frozen dinner on the market. Not to mention saving money on clothes that you can comfortably fit into month after month.
2. Your relationships: When you feel better about yourself, you become a better friend, co-worker and spouse. Feeling sluggish, grumpy, self-conscious and emotionally checked out negatively impacts your relationship with others.
3. Your physical health: This is a no-brainer. Take time to care for yourself and your body will thank you!
Self-care is individual. What I find relaxing might not appeal to you and vice versa. There’s no set prescription for how and when to take care of yourself as long
as you set aside time to do it daily. Mental health professionals recommend taking at least 20 minutes every day to do something for you – sounds totally reasonable to me!
Here are my top 3 tips for establishing your self-care routine:
1. Take inventory of your time: When can you carve out those daily 20 minutes? Once I cut back on my social media time (the more time I spend scrolling through and ‘liking’ other people’s lives, the less time I’m focusing on my own) and started DVR’ing my favorite shows, so much “me-time” opened up in my schedule.
2. Make a list of five free things that relax you: Thinking about spending money to relax might be a turn-off so just focus on those free relaxing activities you can do with your daily 20-minute timeout. Take a hot bath after work, take a lunch break away from your desk, read a book.
3. Set an alarm: If you leave your daily timeout to chance, chances are you won’t take it. Set an alarm to remind you it’s time for a timeout and don’t hit snooze. You deserve this time.
What routines do you have to help you take better care of yourself?
Photo by Kim Seng