How to Practice Self-care in 5 Simple Steps

Self-care has become a bit of a buzzword in the last couple of years as we become increasingly aware of the importance of looking after both our physical and mental wellbeing. However, a lot of the advice out there has become almost ‘glamorous’ and luxurious, with many self-help guides recommending yoga, meditation, or exotic wellness retreats. While these suggestions may seem a bit ‘out there’ for many of us, the reality is that the concept of self-care is very simple. Here are five steps which, if you follow them, combine to make an essential self-care routine which just about anyone can stick to. 

 

  • Maintain personal hygiene

 

While not everyone is a fan of long luxurious bubble baths, we can still look after ourselves with a simple shower each day. It’s amazing how much of a difference a refreshing shower, a brush of the teeth, and a comb through the hair can make to the way we feel about the world in the morning. Alternatively, many people prefer to take a shower at the end of a busy day to wash away the stresses. Whatever works for you, taking the time to care for your body in this way is a definite act of self-care, which is often overlooked. 

 

  • Keep your medical appointments 

 

Just because you feel well does not mean you should neglect your annual check-ups. A physical check-up by a doctor and a dental check-up by a downtown Calgary dentist means you can often catch small issues in the early stages before they’ve developed into more serious problems. 

 

  • Eat a nutritious diet 

 

Eating a balanced and nutritious diet is something which many people struggle to do. Often, the biggest obstacle is a lack of time as we skip breakfast in the morning rush, grab a quick snack at work and then because we’ve not eaten enough, we overeat comfort food in the evening. Both our body and our mind benefit from eating a variety of nutritious foods, including all the main food groups, as well as treats in moderation. If you are someone who struggles with finding the time to eat healthily, consider preparing batches of food at the weekend for the week ahead or a subscription meal box company like Mindful Chef.  

You should also try to drink around 2-liters of water per day to keep your body and brain working at their maximum potential.  

 

  • Keep moving

 

Although we all know we should do more exercise, quite often people don’t think they have the time. However, the truth is that we don’t need to start training for a marathon to improve our fitness levels. A 30-45-minute activity which increases the heart rate 2-3 times a week will make a big difference to your health. The key is to find something that you enjoy and feel happy to stick with for the long term. Whether it’s walking, a gym class, swimming, jogging, yoga or anything else, get yourself moving as often as you can.

 

  • Get enough sleep

 

Getting enough sleep is not always in our control, but whenever we can, we should aim to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night. If you deprive yourself of sleep, you will find that you will become more prone to stress and negative emotions and may feel that you aren’t able to function through the day. Stop drinking caffeine in the afternoon, switch off technology an hour before you go to bed and give yourself a chance to recharge for the following day.

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