Finding time to care for one's self is rarely in our agenda. However, self-care has been linked to numerous benefits including increased positive feelings that result in a boost in your confidence and self-esteem. Additionally, it helps achieve a healthy work-life balance in which professional boundaries are set, ensuring you stay sharp and motivated in the workplace. Self-care also aids in reducing stress, which leads to improved mood and energy level boosts.
Here are 10 simple self-care habits that can contribute to a more balanced and meaningful life:
1. Have a good night’s sleep: Making sleep part of your self-care routine is essential as it has
significant effects on your emotional and physical being. Not getting enough sleep has been
linked to major health issues, while its benefits include stress reduction, improved memory, and
reduced risk of depression.
2. Meditate or do deep breathing for five minutes: Taking the time to quiet your mind in
order to get in touch with yourself has countless benefits. Mindfulness practices such as
meditation and deep breathing are associated with enhanced self-awareness, improved
attention span, anxiety control, and stress relief.
3. Take a break when you need it: Stop your road-running and take the time to enjoy the
outside. Spending time outside can help reduce stress, lower your blood pressure, and help
you become more mindful. Studies have shown that getting outside can also help reduce fatigue,
making it a great way to overcome symptoms of depression or burnout.
4. Schedule your self-care time and honor that time: Organizing your schedule and
prioritizing self-care time takes practice but reaps great rewards. Moments alone can help
you to ponder the best ways to move forward in your life and keep you grounded. On the
other hand, moments with family and friends can help you feel more connected and relaxed.
5. Learn to say no: Saying no to others can be challenging. However, if you are stressed and
overworked, saying yes to coworkers and loved ones will only lead to burnout, anxiety and
irritability. Setting healthy boundaries will help you feel empowered and will grant you more
time for your self-care.
6. Laugh heartily at least once a day: Studies show that laughter can have great health
benefits including lower blood pressure, reduced stress, and improved cardiac health.
Laughing also clears your mind, fortifies your immune system and triggers the release
of endorphins which leads to a general sense of well-being.
7. Eat well: Food has the potential to affect our physical and our mental health. Eating right not
only fends off weight gain or diseases such as diabetes, it can help keep your mind working
and alert. Eating well can help prevent short-term memory loss and inflammation. Incorporate
the following self-care foods to your diet: fatty fish, blueberries, nuts, green leafy veggies, and
brassicas (e.g., broccoli).
8. Go for a light run or a jog: Exercising daily can improve your physical and mental health by
boosting your mood, reducing stress and anxiety as well as helping you stay in shape. Light
exercise such as walking, jogging, and yoga can easily fit into your schedule in a way that
works for you.
9. Start a journal: Expressive writing can help clear your mind while releasing negative
emotions. Journaling can help you keep a more positive frame of mind as it creates a buffer
between negative thoughts and your sense of well-being. Its benefits include a boost in
mood/affect, enhanced sense of well-being, reduced symptoms of depression, and improved
10. Organize your space: Decluttering and reorganizing your home and workspace can help
you feel more accomplished and recharged. Moreover, having less visual clutter can relieve
stress and anxiety, and will help prevent burnout. Not only will this make information or
items more accessible, a cleaner, reorganized space could create the illusion of a new
environment in your mind, which can help your creative ideas flow more smoothly.
Go ahead and make time for yourself this summer! Practicing self-care is important and will lead to a healthier, more meaningful and balanced existence.