Self-care practices and quality “me time” are often neglected, although they are vital for our health and wellbeing. Excessive stress and a hectic lifestyle can lead to negative consequences like an increased risk for heart problems, diabetes, and mental health issues.
Taking proper care of yourself, physically, mentally, and emotionally, will help provide balance in an over-stimulating and ever-changing modern world. Make these helpful practices part of your lifestyle and reap the benefits afterward!
Now, let’s explore seven ways to take better care of yourself!
1. Spruce up your morning routine
Start your day right with a cup of tea to support your heart health. Studies indicate that drinking green tea can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. Green tea is also loaded with antioxidants, the substances that can prevent or slow damage to cells caused by oxidative stress.
This amazing tea boosts your metabolic rate too, so it can increase fat burning.
Black and green teas are natural sources of heart-healthy flavonoids that can help fight inflammation, so consider making them a regular part of your life.
2. Try out breathing exercises
It sounds like a cliché, and you may have heard it too many times, but it works like a charm! Breath is a powerful tool that can ease your stress and anxiety. Yoga breathing exercises are easy, and you can do them in no time! They can lift your mood and help alleviate stress.
For starters, try alternate nostril breathing (rhythmically isolating the right nostril and then the left one, so you alternate breath between the two of them) in between work tasks, house chores, or whenever you have a few minutes of spare time.
If you put in a bit of effort and make simple breathing exercises part of your routine, they can make a big difference in how you feel.
3. Treat yourself to a spa day at home
Pampering yourself is one of the most effective ways to relax and unwind when you are stressed out from work or overwhelmed with obligations. Light a candle, draw a bath and combine your bath and mask time.
When buying a face mask, make sure to look for moisturizing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, cacao, and aromatic chamomile that come with a wealth of vitamins and minerals. They will deliver deep hydration, nourish your skin, and plump the skin cells to give you a more firm, youthful look.
A tip: try out bath bombs and pick a scent that will mentally transport you to Balinese beaches or Moroccan landscapes.
And remember: treating yourself with a spa day isn’t a frivolous activity. It’s healthy, and it’s a great way to recharge and rejuvenate.
4. Embrace the nature
The benefits of staying in nature on human health are countless. Being outdoors boosts your energy levels, your immune system, your mood and makes you feel calmer. It allows us to set aside societal pressures and get our priorities right.
Combining physical activity with being in nature comes with even more benefits. So, get your backpack and hiking shoes ready, and hit the trails!
5. Declutter for 20 minutes
This may come as a surprise at first, but clearing clutter like a pile of dirty dishes or an overstuffed and disorganized closet can boost your wellbeing. According to studies, there is a link between stress and lower self-control (e.g., around food), which can negatively affect your health.
A pro tip: cleaning your house in smaller increments of time instead of long and exhausting cleaning sessions will make the chores less overwhelming!
6. Prevent digital eyestrain
In today’s digital society, devices like smartphones and laptops are a huge part of our lives, and many of us spend way too much time staring at the screen, even when we finish with our work. Follow the rule of 20 and give your eyes a break!
Take a 20-second break every 20 minutes and look at something 20 feet away.
And of course, since everything is digital these days, there are amazing apps that will remind you to take a break and do your eye exercises while sitting in front of a screen.