Taking care of yourself is something everybody knows they have to do, but with everything happening in your life and around the world, it’s easy to forget to take time for yourself. Neglecting your own needs can throw you off your game, and one day, you’ll look in the mirror and struggle to recognise the person looking back at you.
It’s crucial, then, that you understand the hows and whys of taking care of yourself both inside and out. If you feel like you’re struggling to cope with the ever-increasing pile of stress and problems and commitments, you might need to check out these tips for taking care of yourself.
What’s In Your Head?
Being all in your head too for too long is a quick way to spiral into a hole of overthinking, worrying you’re not doing well enough and feeling overwhelmed by everything that’s in front of you. With mental health so high on the list of priorities for a lot of people, it’s time you followed their lead.
Our mental health is just as important as our physical health, and often the two work together to help you be the best person you can. If you struggle with negative thoughts, try talking to somebody, whether it’s a friend, relative, or professional.
If this isn’t possible, you can always work with mindfulness and meditation to get you to where you need to be. You don’t need to sit atop a mountain for hours in search of nirvana, and just 5 minutes a day can help you think more clearly and put different parts of your life both good and bad into perspective.
Healthy Eats, Occasional Treats
We know we’ve got to watch our diet, but it’s often so much easier to throw a tray of chips into the oven than stand around chopping vegetables for a healthy soup. However, an abundance of junk food wreaks havoc both inside and out. Your skin gets greasy, you don’t get the proper nutrients required to fill you with energy, and you end up wasting your hunger on empty calories.
If you find it hard to eat healthily, consider designing meal plans to stick to and prepare them at the end of every week. This will both help you save on eating out and also make you feel guilty for wasting food. You’ll find food lasts much longer when you prepare everything (and freeze it, if necessary) beforehand, leaving some money around for you to treat yourself now and again.
Everyone has a different definition of perfect skin, and it doesn’t have the be the airbrushed nonsense you see on Instagram and magazine covers. Instead, you should work towards the skin you want to have, and remember it’s okay to have a few blemishes here and there, because they are part of what makes you, well, you.
Still, it’s essential to maintain your skin and follow a set routine. But there’s so much conflicting information out there that it can be hard to find what’s right for you. If you’re looking for radiant, smooth skin, you check out these eight skincare myths to get you looking your best no matter how heavy the night before was.
Taking breaks from real life is a great way to allow you to settle back into yourself and engage in some much-needed self-care. When life feels overwhelming, it’s okay to separate yourself from the influences in your life you deem are bringing you down.
These influences can be your family, certain people in your social group, and especially the internet and social media. This will allow you to step away and help you evaluate what’s most important to you.
If you’re concerned about people worrying about you, then just let them know you’re okay, but need some time to yourself, and they’ll welcome you back with open arms once you are ready. As for the negativity spewed across social platforms every day, you’ll have the chance to focus on you and your life instead of analysing everyone else’s.
Balancing Your Work Life
You should never feel like you’re expected to work yourself into the ground for any job, even if it’s a job you enjoy and want to succeed at. Some work environments are amazing and full of people you’re happy to work alongside, but others can be toxic and make you dread going in every day.
Making the most of whatever situation is essential, and you’ll find your professional life easier the more you put into it. This isn’t the say you should bend over backward for any request made of you, but instead make your voice heard. If you feel you’re opinions aren’t respected then speak up. If you think there are better ways of doing things, then let those above you know. If they don’t listen and don’t show you respect, it might be time to look elsewhere.
Sleep Is Essential
Despite what you believed as a kid, sleep is excellent, and it’s also essential for ensuring you’re at your best every day. Managing to get your 8 hours in every day means you’ll be full of energy the next day.
You probably already know this, but it bears repeating. Staying up until the witching hour and beyond will only hurt you in the long run. You can wait to watch that movie, to binge that show, and to find out what people are saying about this and that on Twitter. Instead, give yourself a rest, switch off your phone, and start your bedtime ritual an hour before you plan on going to sleep. You will thank yourself the next day.
Make A Routine
It’d be nice to be able to develop a routine overnight and find it sticks straight away, but that’s not how life works, and it may take a lot of time to find the right routine for you.
You don’t need to get it right immediately, anyway. Instead, look at your plans after a week or a month and determine which works best. You can then adapt your routine to figure out the best strategy. This might involve moving things around, and it might mean removing tasks altogether, but once you’ve got it on point, you’ll know.
House and Home
When stressed and busy, it’s too easy to neglect the wellbeing of your home. Over time, you’ll see dust pile up, plants wilting, and windows looking more like a scene from some Gothic Horror every day.
A messy house reaches a point where trying to amend everything feels like a Herculean task, and if you’re already struggling for motivation, you think it is impossible.
However, it doesn’t need to be like this. Instead of tackling everything at once and getting lost under an avalanche of dirty clothes and cleaning supplies (plus that scrunchy you thought had long disappeared) it’s more manageable to separate your tasks. Try taking on one chore a day, and go from there. You might find that once you start, you don’t want to stop.
Make Time For Yourself
What is life if you can’t have fun? While it’s essential to juggle all the responsibilities that adulthood and real-life bring, you should also find the time to indulge in what you love. See friends, see family, see the world, engage in hobbies, and try new things. You’ll find yourself much happier if you do.
Inside and Out
Taking care of yourself is not something you can transform overnight, but it is something that with a little patience and dedication you can start to overcome any problems you face and find more time to treat yourself to what you really deserve.
*This was a collaborative post