7 Easy Self-Care Habits
Self-care should be a top priority for everyone, not least if you’re currently recovering or trying to get over an illness or other problem. Here are eight of the easiest self-care habits which will make looking after yourself easier at the hardest of times.
- Do something different
By changing something mundane, you can help yourself to feel revitalized and more energetic. For example, buy a different brand of one of your favorite foods. Take a different cycle route to work, or drive down a different road on your way home.
- Unplug your electronics
You can make a small change by just unplugging all your electronics for 30 minutes. You don’t have to spend the entire day without your phone, but just taking a break for a few minutes each day can have lots of benefits and will help you make time for relaxation.
- Take deep breaths
If you don’t often remember to sit back and breathe a few times, consider sticking up some post-it notes where you normally spend your time. You can fix reminders to your computer at the office, on the fridge, and even on the dashboard of your car.
- Make a small diet change
Commit to drinking just one extra glass of water per day (even if it’s your only glass of water for the day), or promise yourself a healthy breakfast one day per week. If you’re grabbing a second coffee by 10am, try to cut down, either by cutting out the excess caffeine altogether, or using substitutes to help break the addiction.
- Do something nice for someone
Doing something small yet kind for another person can immediately boost your self-esteem, confidence, and overall positivity levels. Even just holding a door open to hear a ‘thank you, or helping someone in need with some spare change can help you feel better.
- Take yourself on a date
Not everybody feels in the mood to go out by themselves, but if you feel in the mood to do something, take yourself somewhere interesting. This could be a museum in your home town or nearby that you have never visited before, or maybe a movie has recently come out and you’d like to see it.
- Ask for help when you need it
Although this involves other people helping you out, it’s all part of the self-care process. Recognizing when you need help and having the courage to ask for it will ensure that you maintain a healthier and more positive outlook.