5 Everyday Self Care Habits
Today we live in a fast paced society and it can feel like we’re constantly consumed by endless work hours, social catch ups, trying to get fit and of course never ending social media feeds.
But there's something even more important - you.
This fast paced lifestyle is negatively impacting our physical, mental and emotional health. Recent studies sadly reveal suicide continues to be the leading cause of death for young Australians. These devastating statistics only emphasise the importance of looking after ourselves and those around us.
So what can you do to look after yourself?
By achieving a balance between personal life and professional role, you can find a work life balance that supports your way of living. A way to achieve this is by making time for self care.
Despite Instagram having you believe that self care is just taking a bubble bath at night and adding to your Story, it can include a whole lot more. Self care can be any activity that enhances your energy, restores your health and helps you reduce everyday stress.
Here are 5 simple tips for daily self care
1. Go for a Morning walk
It’s proven exercise improves physical health and has a positive impact on anxiety and depression by releasing feel-good chemicals in your brain, like endorphins and serotonin. Try starting your day with fresh air to get the blood flowing and boost your overall mood for the day.
2. Listen to podcasts
Podcasts are an easy go-to relaxer - you can listen anywhere! Whether you’re driving to work, cleaning your room or walking, this free entertainment can be funny, entertaining, scary or even heart breaking. Within just 20 minutes you can educate yourself, learn something new about the world and possibly even feel a little happier with your new knowledge.
Sounds simple but is highly effective and boosts mental wellbeing. Recent studies show that as few as 1 to 2 poor nights of sleep can lead to fatigue, poor concentration, irritability and decreased motivation and risk of serious medication conditions in the long term. So how much sleep is ideal? As a rule of thumb, if you wake up tired and spend the day longing for a nap then you aren’t getting enough! A good ballpark is around 7 - 8 hours per night for most adults.
4. Gratitude List
We are all guilty of focusing on the negative things in life. By writing a list of three things you are grateful for each day you can be more appreciative and thankful for the little things! This is a perfect way to slow down and reflect for a few minutes each day. Try keeping a notebook beside your bed and making it a habit as you get into bed.
5. Declutter your Social Media Accounts
Our screens are usually the first and last things we see everyday, so try to make it a positive experience! By being selective about the people and brands you follow on social media, you can enjoy the content you consume and not feel like you are comparing yourself to others. Simply unfollow or mute friends that don’t make you feel good about yourself and ta-da! You’ll have a decluttered social media accounts in no time.
By identifying these activities that support your wellbeing you can improve your physical, emotional and mental health. So what are you waiting for!?