Seven Steps to Better Self-Care

You might have heard the term ‘Self-Care’ quite a few times over the last year, it might sound indulgent, but self-care is vital for our physical, emotional and mental well-being. This week on the blog we want to give you our top ten tips to help you practice good self-care so that you can feel your best.

1. Start your day with a routine that brings joy

It is very uplifting to build enjoyable rituals into your daily routine, and they don’t have to be complicated. They can be anything from your taking time to really enjoy your favourite cup of tea or coffee, reading a few pages of a book or magazine, or some gentle stretching to wake-up your body in the best way.

2. Drink plenty of water

We often wake-up a little dehydrated so starting your day with a glass of water and continuing to drink plenty more throughout the day will really help. Skin is an organ, made up of cells and skin cells, like any other cell in the body, are made up of water. Without water, the organs will certainly not function properly or at their best. If your skin is not hydrated it is far more likely to become dry, tight and flaky and therefore more prone to wrinkling, so staying hydrated will keep you looking good too!

3. Make a meal plan for the week

Eating healthy, fresh foods daily can become tricky when you’re time poor. By pre-planning your meals ahead of time, you can reduce unhealthy impulse purchases and ensure that each day is filled nutritious and delicious meals.

4. Maintain a good posture

Posture plays a big role in your physical well-being. Most work environments involve computers that are rarely set-up in the optimum way, which often means people hunching over their keyboards without realising. Ask your employer for a desk rick assessment to ensure that your work station meets health and safety requirements to help keep your spine aligned. Keeping your posture correct will help to reduce any back pain and injuries as well as making you look and feel more confident.

5. Practice some physical activity for 30 minutes every day

Making sure you fit in at least 30 minutes of some kind of aerobic exercise a day is just as good for your mental health as it is your physical health. This can be anything from a brisk walk to a gym session and don’t forget we have a Fitness Suite at the clinic that can help you to achieve this. One way to ensure you adhere to this practice is to make it social – having friends or family who support your overall health and life goals can help you to stay committed and motivated as well as making your exercise more fun too!

6. Take time to detox from technology every day

It’s important to take time to breathe and not feel the pull of the outside world. Self-care can be as simple as putting your phone away for 10 minutes to give yourself time and space with your own thoughts. Having strong boundaries around work emails, texts, calls, and social media can help you create more downtime, which helps to reduce stress.

7. Get a good night’s sleep

The aim for all adults should be 7-9 hours sleep a night, but the majority of adults in the UK get less that 7 on average. Getting sufficient sleep is vital for your well-being. During sleep, your brain eliminates toxins, consolidates memories, and builds new neural pathways meaning you can practice self-care whilst you are dreaming!