In today’s busy world, it can be easy to neglect our own personal care. We’re constantly juggling work, family, and other commitments, and it can be hard to find time for ourselves. But taking time out for self-care is essential for our physical and mental health.
When we take care of ourselves, we’re better able to handle stress, cope with challenges, and be productive. We also have more energy, feel happier, and look better.
So how can we carve out space in our schedule for self-care? Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Set aside time for relaxation. This could mean taking a bath, reading a book, listening to music, or spending time in nature. Whatever you choose to do, make sure it’s something that helps you relax and de-stress. For me, this looks like word games on my phone, reading historical and literary fiction, spy thrillers, and articles on travel, food, and leisure. Of course, there is also my monthly appointment with my incredible massage therapist, Shauntel Cobin, at Bijin!
- Make exercise a priority. Exercise is not only good for our physical health, but it’s also great for our mental health. It releases endorphins, which have mood-boosting effects. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week. In all honesty, this is difficult for me to commit to (though, I am religious about getting 10,000 steps per day!). So, I rely on my highly capable personal trainer, Nick Bolton, to hold me accountable and help me to stay fit. Perhaps a trainer or even a workout buddy could help you, too?
- Garner support from health and wellness pros. Do you have medical professionals in your life who you can count on for solid advice and strategies for managing your health? I have a number of doctors who I rely on. Of particular note is the amazing Dr. Michelle Robin – who is my chiropractor, personal health advisor, and dear friend. I know she will be there to offer guidance, refer me to the right doctors or practitioners who can assist my family and me whenever needed in terms of nutrition, emotional well-being, and the like. In fact, check out her “Quadrants of Wellbeing” for information you can put to use immediately.
- Get enough sleep. When we’re well-rested, we’re better able to handle stress and make good decisions. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night. OK… OK… anyone who knows me knows I’m not a great sleeper! I’m looking in the mirror as I write this piece – sleep is so important! Truth told, I find that I have greater clarity about issues and subjects that I’m struggling with when I sleep on them… when my brain has time to absorb the content and piece together solutions. I think it could work for you, too! Struggling to get the shuteye you need? Improve your “sleep hygiene” by putting away your electronics, going to bed at the same time each night, reading a book, listening to music, et al.
- Have a longevity mindset. This doesn’t necessarily mean living to 120 or longer. It means living and remaining active longer. We do this by having a positive mindset, a winning attitude and seeing the world through the lens of abundance by staying positive, maintaining authentic connections with friends and loved ones, and remaining active – motion is lotion! Want to read more about this concept? Check out the book, “Outlive: The Art and Science of Longevity,” by Dr. Peter Attia, MD.
Self-care is not selfish. It’s an investment in ourselves and a gift to one another. It’s something we must all make a priority. And, don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you’re struggling to find time for self-care, talk to a friend, family member, or counselor who may be able to share tips and tricks for doing so.
Take care of you. Happy Networking!