Most people are so busy with their daily routines that they overlook self-care. But self-care doesn’t mean you have to make a major change overnight. There are many small, mindful everyday steps you can take to help you on the road to better mental and physical health. It’s important to pay attention to these three main areas to get started on the way to better health.
Your physical health plays a vital role in how you feel throughout the day. If you don’t take measures to ensure physical wellness, you will likely feel lethargic and risk the chance of injuries or sickness.
The following measures are essential in maintaining your physical wellness:
- Sleep well: Thousands of scientific studies have shown the importance of a good night’s rest. Studies show that you should get seven to eight hours of sleep every night so the body is re-energized for the day to come. Sleep deprivation will result in mental and physical fatigue.
- Become active: You don’t have to lift weights to remain active. Other forms of physical activity can get the job done. Try taking a walk around the block or jogging in the park. Physical activity keeps your blood pumping and your muscles toned, reducing the likelihood of fatigue.
- Eat well: As the saying goes, “You are what you eat.” Make an effort to be more mindful of what you eat. Eating food that is high in fat will result in weight gain. Cut down on junk foods and sugary drinks. And increase your intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats.
Most people are so engrossed in their daily lives that they overlook their mental health. Doing so leaves them emotionally drained, stressed, and at risk of serious illness.
You can take the following measures for your mental wellness:
- Do things you enjoy: You should take some time off from your day to do things you love. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate; it can be something as simple as drawing, reading a book, or yoga. Practicing activities you enjoy will bring a sense of joy and pleasure to your day.
- Take some time out for yourself: Take mental breaks often throughout the day. A 10-minute break every two hours should do; some people may need more frequent breaks, so see what works for you. During the break, disconnect from everything and relax. You can also take this time to process your thoughts.
- Have a support system: Even the strongest of us breakdown mentally from time to time. Surround yourself with people you love and trust. It’s important to know you have people you can go to when you feel overwhelmed. Their support can help you navigate through difficult times.
Financial instability is one of the leading stressors. Lack of money to pay basics like rent or electricity makes it difficult to maintain physical and mental wellness.
The following tips can help you become more financially stable:
- Trim your bills: Both electricity and gas are essential — you can’t live without either. Do a little research on utility providers in your area, such as CenterPoint Energy, to get the best rates. Getting cheaper rates will help you cut down a little on your utility bills, leaving you with more money for other things.
- Cut unnecessary expenses: Analyze your expenses and look for items that are non-essential, like luxury items you can live without. Cut them out immediately. You don’t have to get the new iPhone every year it comes out. You can also take steps like shopping for clothes during sales or using coupons for food items. Look for any action that can help you cut unnecessary expenses and save money.
- Create a budget: A budget helps you plan your monthly expenses. It helps to have a rough idea of how much you spend every month on essentials like rent, food, utility bills, and transportation. You can set some aside for non-essential things (but nothing luxurious) while the rest should go into your savings. Saving money is vital for your financial wellness. You should always have money set aside in case of emergencies and, of course, for your future.
- Be aware of your finances at all times: It’s important to continually keep a check on your finances to make sure you stick to your budget.
Taking steps towards self-care can feel overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be. If you dedicate just a small fraction of your day towards physical, mental, and financial wellness, soon it will become a habit — a habit that contributes to your overall health.