7 ways to take care of yourself better

When we get sick, we work on our body and soul to heal quickly. It is the only time most of us think about taking care of ourselves. When we talk about taking care of ourselves, that doesn’t only mean making sure we are physically fit, it means we are mentally happy and at peace, and that we spent considerable time with ourselves. It also means, we have enough time to do things and meet people that make our soul happy.  Continuously working is not going to make us any healthier or happier.

And that is the problem with today’s generation. We are so busy making a career for us, meeting deadlines, responding to mail, and so on. That by the time we come home, all we can do is lie in bed and sleep. Managing time to do anything else is not possible, but it is high time we do that.

Start with making small changes so that you feel good and happy, both mentally and physically. Here are some tips to get you started.

Before that, let’s explore a little why taking care of ourselves is a big issue?

We fail at this because we are not taught that. Our society has always taught us to keep ourselves second and prioritize the needs of others. Secondly, if we sometimes take out time for ourselves and have a little ‘me time’, we feel guilty about it.

Lastly, our crazy schedule and the habit of spending most of the time in front of a screen makes us forget about taking care of ourselves.

Here are the tips that can help us take care of ourselves

1.         Sleep is important, include it in your schedule

Sleep affects your mental and physical health, and it also impacts how you feel. When you don’t sleep enough or don’t sleep soundly, you invite lots of health problems in your life. Now, if you suffer from a bad sleeping routine, how can you fix that? By analyzing why you are not sleeping well, is it because you are stressed or due to your eating habits.

When you eat right before sleeping especially items that include caffeine and sugar, it becomes hard for you to sleep properly.

Similarly, when you are stressed, you don’t sleep well and keep thinking about the events that made you stressed. Reduce stress, whether it is job-related or personal. Practice meditation to calm your thoughts right before you sleep.

2.         Create slots when you don’t work

Work is important, but your health is more important. Making work an excuse for not working is never a good idea. To make sure you balance both, create some slots, where you don’t work at all. Keep those slots for your family or for yourself.

3.         Make sure your stomach is happy to remain happy

When your gut is happy and healthy, you feel happy and healthy too. For that, we have to make sure we don’t eat anything and everything. Junk food, food with too much sugar, oil, and spice can make our gut sick, which in turn, leads to a lot of problems.

Keep a healthy eating schedule and stick to it, and drink lots of water to flush the toxins out of our body.

4.         Any form of exercise is mandatory for a happy life

Exercise, yoga or going out for a vigorous walk or even dancing are a form of physical activities that not only keeps us fit but also gives us some ‘me time’.

It is the time when we focus on our body. Make sure you get a little exercise every day; it also triggers the flow of happy hormones in your body, which will help your mental health as well.

5.         Learn the art of saying no

It is hard for most of us to say no, especially when it comes to our family and at work. But sometimes, saying no is the right thing for us, and prioritizing ourselves is quite important for us.

When you feel overworked or stressed, say no to a family event that will trigger more stress or say no to that extra work your colleague or employer wants you to do.

If you say yes, you won’t be happy, and the work and the people around you will suffer too.

6.         Take a trip

It is a great idea even if you are not feeling stressed. When you do something that is not a part of your routine, you feel relaxed and happy and rejuvenated.

So, take a weekend trip by yourself to meet your family in the next town over, or go to a spa in the next town to pamper yourself.

7.         Take a walk outside

Working the whole day can make you tired and stressed and gloomy. To make yourself feel better, take a walk outside as going out in nature can make you feel good and energize you.

Make sure to leave your house once every day so that you feel better.

It is never too late to start taking care of yourself.