Self-care means different things to different people. Some people read affirmations to themselves in the morning to give them strength and confidence to take on the day. Some people indulge in their favourite hobbies to relieve stress and build confidence, and others take a hot bath with their favourite body wash and a pampering session to relieve their aches and pains.
For some, the act of self-care is firmly ingrained in their daily lives without the need for much thought, for others. However, the act of caring for one’s body and mind doesn’t flow as naturally. For these people, it takes a consistent effort and some perseverance to build healthy self-love habits. For a few tips to help you become closer to what regime is right for you, the below could help point you in the right direction.
The domino effect of a healthy diet on your mind and body speaks for itself. If you’re getting enough nutrition from your food, and are drinking enough fluid, your mind and body have the essential vitamins and minerals it needs to function. You’ll have more energy, you’ll feel better about yourself, and you will eventually see your appearance improve too, think glossy hair and dewy skin.
When our mind and body is depleted of nutrition, we become tired quickly, we feel down about our diets and the way junk food and fizzy drinks take a toll on the way we look. A healthy diet is a self-care effort that impacts everyone, which is why when you are thinking about how to love yourself better, treating your body like a temple should be a part of that. After all, we are what we eat.
There are remedies that we can implement ourselves in the pursuit of a healthy body and mind, be it an adequate dose of vitamin D from the sun, nutritious food, socialising, exercising and so forth. However, sometimes no matter how much you might try to make an improvement or change to your life for the better, you may not be gaining a positive effect, in these scenarios intervention is necessary. For instance, if you’re struggling to shake your addiction to alcohol on your own, booking a visit to an ANA Treatment Centre could give you the professional help and support you need to recover. Another example might be if you’re making the effort to eat better, exercise, socialise and be positive, but this isn’t having the desired effect you would reasonably expect it too on your day to day life, this may be due to an excessive amount of anxiety and or even depression. On occasions that you are unable to establish what is wrong with you and how to fix it seek professional help and contact your doctor.
What Would You Advise?
Imagine you’re sitting with a close friend or family member who is feeling low about themselves. How would you advise or help this person to improve their mental and physical help, what suggestions and support would you give? For instance, you might recommend, cutting back on social media and connecting with people in person, you may suggest taking a time out and treating themselves, or you may suggest they go for a walk to get some fresh air and exercise. Sometimes it’s easier to think of solutions to help yourself when you are outside a situation looking in. This may help you to arrive at your own conclusions about what path of self-care is right for you.
Taking care of you, shouldn’t only happen when you are feeling low and sluggish, it should be consistent to help you cope with what daily life throws at you. Religiously making an effort to improve our mental and physical self regularly can drastically impact our lives.