Leading the busy lifestyles we do, it can be difficult to find the time we need to relax, unwind and ultimately give ourselves a little self-care. It’s worrying to think that so many of us push aside our own wellbeing in order to complete everything on our to-do lists. We’re on a fast track to a burn out. So, now that the kids have gone back to school, the seasons are changing, and the summer is already a distant memory it’s time to put down that diary, step away from your phone and administer a little self-care. Read on for some self-maintenance ideas.
You deserve it.
Head to the dentist and your doctor
Yes. Seriously! It might not seem like the most relaxing way to treat yourself but heading to the dentist is a simple and effective way of making sure everything is nice and healthy. Whether its teeth implants in Surrey or a descale and polish in Oxford, a quick check in your mouth and the dentist will tell you everything you need to know. Having your oral health checked regularly is a positive step on the road to self-care. The same applies for your general health. When was the last time you saw your GP? Why not book an appointment and have a little health MOT? Let them know of any concerns you might have and if you’re on top of your general health then you’ll feel like you can tackle anything.
Break a sweat
Wait! Don’t be put off by this one! Heading to the gym or doing a workout at home is a straightforward way to give yourself a boost and treat your body as well as your mind. Exercise releases endorphins which are good for you, leading you to feel a sense of accomplishment, increased confidence and reduced stress! Prepare the night before with overnight oats and head out first thing in the morning for some exercise before you change your mind!
You don’t have to have an expensive gym membership, or workout until you’re a sweaty mess either. A little bit of yoga in the living room, or even heading to the local pool and doing a couple of lengths is ideal. So go on, get moving!
I don’t mean the alcoholic kind, (but there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself) I’m talking about water. Sadly, many of us just don’t drink the recommended amount of water our bodies need. It’s amazing how we’ll often stop for a fancy coffee but not a refreshing splash of water! Take the time to reintroduce water into your life; it’s recommended for self-care as it helps the brain to function, flushes out the toxins in your body, helps with digestion and can help you feel fuller for longer!
Our bodies can be difficult to hear over the sound of our loved ones, our bosses, fears, worries and our busy lives. So many of us lack self-care because we just aren’t aware of what our bodies are trying to tell us. Meditation can consist of simply sitting in your living room or bedroom and listening to the sound of your own breathing. Introduce this practice into your life and you’ll soon self-care will be part of your weekly routine.