This is a guest article by Brad Krause, who hosts http://www.selfcaring.info along with a great blog there! Enjoy!
7 Ways to Practice Self-Care When You’re Busy
To be truly happy and thriving, we must care for our body, mind, and soul. Self-care is a big part of making that happen. However, it can be challenging to work self-care into everyday life and keep it going for the long-term. For many of us, work is stressful, commitments are piling up, and life seems too busy to fit in any time for ourselves. If this sounds like you, these seven tips will help you incorporate self-care into your life — no matter how busy you are.
Change Your Eating Habits
The first order of business: eat for nutrition more than you eat for convenience. A balanced diet is the foundation for living healthy. If you start eating fewer processed foodsand drinking less sugary drinks, your tastes will eventually change, and you may even begin to prefer the taste of healthy foods. Your mind and body will thank you for giving them the nutrition they need.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is growing in popularity because it can be used to treat issues like chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety, and depression without making you intoxicated. While oil is its most common form, many people find that it’s easier to beginwith CBD gummies. No matter what form you choose, however, always consult your doctor before making CBD or any other supplement a part of your routine. Also, do your research on all the different brands of CBD as well as the various concentrations and dosages.
Exercise Each Day
Another way to improve your physical, mental, and emotional health is to exercise regularly. Along with helping you manage weight and reducing risks of chronic disease and other health conditions, physical activity can also increase your energy levels, boost your mood and self-confidence, and improve your sleep. So, find an activity you enjoy that gives you a good workout and make it a part of your daily regimen.
Along with diet and exercise, sleepis the other pillar of good health. Out of the three, it’s also the one that most often gets neglected by people who are busy and overwhelmed. Nonetheless, a good night’s sleep is needed for you to recover from the day and reboot for the following day, so come up with a solid bedtime routineto make it happen.
If you’re losing sleep and your home is a chaotic mess, you may be surprised to learn that the two are connected. Spending just a short period of time each day organizing your space can help you feel better in all areas of your health. A decluttered home can result in less stress, improved productivity, a more relaxing environment, and even better eating habits. Your home should be thoroughly cleaned after decluttering, as well, to get rid of allergens. If you’re too busy to do this, you can hire a cleaning service, which costs between $120 and $231in Charlottesville.
This is one of the most simple (and hardest) ways to practice self-care: stop saying yes to everyone and everything. Overcommitment leads to underperformance and burnout. Do your health a favor and be selectivewith where you dedicate your time and energy. For instance, sometimes declining to work over the weekend or saying “no” to a community function so that you can rest or spend quality time with family can be just what your mind and soul needs.
This is what many people think of when they think of self-care — relaxing. Most certainly, it’s an important aspect of reducing stress and caring for your overall health. Find a hobby or activity that allows you to unwind from your regular obligations, and try to do it each week. It could be rekindling a childhood interest in tennis, learning to dance (private lessons usually run from $50 – $85), or picking up a new hobby like bird watching. Just make sure you have something fun and relaxingin your life.
Self-care can become an everyday reality by taking simple steps. Be conscious of your diet, look into CBD, and work regular exercise into your routine. Be sure to get adequate sleep, declutter your home, stop overcommitting, and do something fun and relaxing each week. Once you start practicing self-care, you will likely notice a big difference in how you feel, and you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing you are improving your overall health.