Self-care can sound like a dirty word to many of us. It feels so selfish to focus on oneself, but it doesn’t negate your selflessness. Taking the time to look after yourself doesn’t mean that you don’t take the time to look after other people; it’s the most human desire possible to care for yourself, and you shouldn’t feel guilty for doing so. You can spend time with friends and family, but you should also take time out of your day for yourself. Self-care extends beyond finding time to relax, of course; it’s about looking after your body and mind. Here are some ways in which you could practice better self-care.
Look after your body.
This should go out of saying, but many of us neglect to look after our physical health. When it comes to looking after your body, the key is a combination of a consistent diet and regular exercise. You don’t have to starve yourself, and you don’t have to spend hours in the gym every day; you just need to remain relatively active every day and eat a consistent diet with a variety of foods to get all the nutrients and minerals you need. It’s straightforward, really.
Fix your working life.
There are minor and major levels to the level of individual care you should expect in a workplace. On a minor level, you should expect a certain number of breaks throughout the work day; you should also expect not to be overworked for more hours than agreed or for lower wages than agreed. On a major level, you should expect to be permitted to deal with a serious health issue or an injury if either should arise during even the busiest work day.
You might want to look into a 24 hour doctor in order to be prepared for such a situation. Health problems can strike in the middle of an office environment, and you shouldn’t have to put your health or wellbeing secondary to your work schedule; you don’t want to wait until you finish at the office to get a medical opinion on some issue which might be important. Getting the balance is crucial. Your job is important, but your employer should respect the needs of individuals.
Reduce stress in all aspects of your life.
Stress is a part of life, unfortunately. It can’t be removed because the constant challenges posed by life are part of living. However, stress is certainly something with which you must learn to cope if you want to take better care of both your mental health and physical health. Practicing mindfulness can help with this, as we often allow our brains to run wildly out of control and overthink all the many things we have to do and all the many things which could go wrong. Centering yourself and focusing on your existence in the present moment is a great way to calm this voice and ground yourself once more.
Allow yourself alone time.
It’s important that you squeeze a slot into your schedule for you. We have busy lives, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be a priority at some point within your own day. You could continue to read a book when you get in from work, you could pick up the guitar and play your favourite song, or you could have a relaxing bath. It’s your time, so it’s up to you.