In our busy lives, it can be difficult to take time out to take care of ourselves. But it’s impossible to continue to live those busy lives healthily and happily if we pay no attention to self-care. Here are some tips about how you can slip those moments for yourself into your schedule…
First of all, why not start walking more often? Nobody’s saying that you need to walk the five miles to work every day, but it wouldn’t be a terrible idea to park a fifteen-minute walk away from your office to give yourself a little fresh air all day. If you take public transport, why not get off a stop earlier a couple of days a week? If that doesn’t fit in with your schedule, why not try a site like Borrow My Doggy? You get to sign up to walk a dog in your neighbourhood every now and then – so not only will you get a regular walk that will help your posture and health, you’ll also get a new canine pal.
Consider Your Diet
Life is too short to go on an intense diet and cut out everything that you like to eat from your everyday life. Saying goodbye to chocolate and pasta forever is something that you probably don’t feel like doing! Instead, think about small changes that you can make every day. Substitute that mid-afternoon candy bar for some raspberries and a handful of almonds instead, or a sliced up apple dunked in peanut butter. Go for smoothies in the morning instead of coffee, and try out green tea instead of soda. Remember that it’s also about portion control as well as what you eat – pile less on your plate in the evenings and you’ll probably find that you don’t need to eat as much as you think you do.
Learn to Self-Check
It’s a great idea to learn how to do a self breast exam. One in eight women develop breast cancer over the course of their lifetime and it’s a threat that lurks in the back of many women’s heads. But cancer is much easier to cure if it’s caught early, so don’t rely on those mammograms – instead, check your own breasts regularly. You should also encourage the men in your life to learn how to check their own testicles. And as odd as it may sound, these things are also something that you can do with your partner! A bonding experience with a difference…
Focus on Your Mental Health
Finally, remember that your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Remember that depression isn’t about crying all the time and feeling sad – if you find yourself feeling irrationally annoyed, tired or empty, you may be suffering from it. Likewise, anxiety is something that affects a huge amount of people. Give yourself time to self-reflect on your mental state and remember there’s no shame in seeking help.
It’s very possible to sneak some moments of wellbeing into your everyday life. Step back, take a breath, and take some time out to focus on yourself once in a while.