7 Self-Care Tips For A Happier Life
Prioritise yourself with these helpful self-care tips to help you live a more peaceful and fulfilled life.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day happenings of your life and forget to nourish yourself. When you neglect to fill up your own cup, it can leave you feeling exhausted and drained. Self-care not only helps you become calmer and happier, it also helps you better serve the people around you whether it’s being more alert at work or being a better wife and mum.
Prioritise alone time.
This can be very difficult, especially if you have a demanding job, big family or fussy newborn but it’s essential to your wellbeing. Don’t be afraid to take a day off, reduce your hours, or request that your husband give you an hour every day to go for a walk or go to the gym.
Do something you love daily.
There are certain things that draw you back to who you are and it’s different for everyone. For some, it could mean grabbing a coffee and writing. For others, it could mean grabbing a paintbrush and painting. It could mean baking a delicious batch of chocolate chip cookies or taking a bath with a glass of wine or book in hand. Make sure to squeeze in those small tasks that make you feel good about yourself.
Let someone help you.
As women, we tend to take things on and give them our all, expecting ourselves to handle things on our own. However, sometimes that can lead us to become overwhelmed, stressed and even sad. Chances are, there are people around you that you can talk to and ask for help when you need it. It’s okay to ask your husband, friends and family for help and most often than not, they’re flattered and ready to help.
Eat nutritious foods.
If you have a busy lifestyle or you’ve just been tired lately, it can be easy to grab something quickly and not always choose the healthiest options. Food is a great source of fuel and energy so opting for healthier foods will actually give you an energy boost and naturally make you feel a lot better. It’s hard at first to give up the junk, but after a while your body will start craving the good stuff and you’ll thank yourself for it. The best “diet” to follow is the 80/20 rule. As long as you’re eating well 80% of the time, you can indulge that 20% whilst still remaining healthy. Balance is key!
Your body will thank you for this one! We’re not saying you should start chugging pre-workout and taking gym selfies (unless you want to of course). Exercising regularly could mean going for a daily walk, or getting yourself a cardio machine and committing to thirty minutes per day. It could mean taking a yoga class every week or going to the gym a couple times per week. Exercise improves your mood, sleep and brain function making it essential for self-care and overall health.
Okay, we’ve all heard it, you need to drink lots of glasses of water per day and we all try our best, but did you know foods can be hydrating too? At your next trip to the shops, up your hydration with foods like watermelons, cucumbers, bananas, strawberries, spinach, and tomatoes. All these foods are actually very hydrating! Keep drinking lots of water but add in these fresh foods too to reap maximum benefits.
Learn to relax and unwind.
We all have things we do to help us relax, whether it’s a glass of wine or a run outside. It’s different for everyone, but one thing that’s been proven to help quiet even the busiest of minds is meditation. When you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed, set your alarm for ten minutes, close your eyes, focus on your breath and allow your mind to do its thing. You’re going to have a rush of thoughts, then you’re going to realise how frantic your thoughts are, then you’re going to focus back on your breath, then your thoughts wander again, but eventually you will start to calm down and start to watch your thoughts go by like clouds in the sky. You’ll start to have better awareness of your thoughts and thinking patterns. Don’t expect yourself to be good at it, you’re not a monk, but you will reap the benefits once that alarm goes off.
Self-care is a lot about focusing on yourself, your own personal growth and slowing down in a fast-paced world. We know that the pace of nature is slow and patient, but everything in the modern world tells us to move faster, receive instant information and gratification, and force instead of flow. As many times a day as you can adopt being in the moment and moving a little more mindfully, you’re actually showing yourself a little more love and that can make a big difference in our lives.