Why You Should Consider Self-Care to Find Peace of Mind
Getting married and starting a new job are on the list of things that cause the most stress in life, and those are both normally viewed as positive. Now, add in the usual causes of worry, such as debt and personal conflict, and you have the recipe for a troubling modern lifestyle that has many people pulling out their hair in frustration.
You’ve got to find some calm in this storm, and that’s what self-care provides. Everyday practices like eating right, exercising, taking time to relax, meditating, and saying “no” when your friends or coworkers ask too much can help you stay calm no matter what’s going on around you. Here’s a closer look at some common practices to adopt and what they’ll do for your mental health.
Eat a Healthy Diet
It’s no secret what you need: fruits, veggies, lean meats, and whole grains. Remember to mix things up by trying new recipes on a regular basis, as your body needs so many different vitamins, minerals, fats, and amino acids to function properly. Consider also trying out a meal delivery service every so often. Not only does it help take some of the guesswork out of cooking, but it also ensures you never get bored with healthy eating, making it an easier habit to maintain.
Exercise does more than just improve your physical health. It can also be a great way to reduce stress and increase mood levels. Just a few minutes a day can help you feel more energized, and there are many ways to squeeze in this workout time, including parking farther away from the store and going for a bike ride. If you’re a senior and you apply for Medicare Advantage through a provider like Cigna-HealthSpring, make sure your plan includes SilverSneakers. It’s a fitness program that provides qualifying seniors the opportunity to take fitness classes like yoga, join sports teams, and participate in a variety of outdoor exercise activities.
Make Some ‘Me Time’
And keep it quiet and relaxing so you can collect your thoughts. This has tremendous restorative powers, especially if you’re feeling drained after an intense day of working with colleagues or interacting at a social event. Try to squeeze it into your schedule on a regular basis during the evening or over the weekend, and let others know not to disturb you.
Take Up a Hobby
If you already play the guitar or knit, keep it up. If you’re looking for ideas, a writer with Reader’s Digest recommends looking to your past for inspiration. However, don’t be afraid to try something new, which is even easier if you do it alongside a friend.
Meditation, yoga, and tai chi all offer a connection between your mind and the sensations running through your body. If you’re not sure how to get started, look into classes in your area so you can master the proper techniques, though many jump right in using “how-to” videos online. None of these activities need take more than 15 minutes of your time.
Once you’ve made an effort, your mind will start to heal and grow more resilient. Below are some of the positive benefits you will enjoy.
That healthy diet plays a greater role than you think. For starters, slow-release carbs keep your blood sugar at the optimum level so you don’t feel that familiar crash brought about by fatty foods and chocolate. That’s just a small piece of the puzzle. When you add in the endorphin rush you get from exercise, you’re on the road to feeling good, not just calm and collected.
Winding down the day with some “me time” often segues into a peaceful slumber, especially if you spend it meditating, which helps you examine your emotions and turn them off if you find them aggravating. With a clear mind, you can close your eyes and drift off without a care.
Starting with diet, the right food keeps you fueled until it’s time for your next meal; you’ve known that since elementary school. What they didn’t tell you is how having a hobby could give you a boost through a sense of accomplishment and an increase in your confidence.
This may sound like a stretch, but it makes sense. Once you start taking care of yourself through a healthy diet, exercise, relaxation, and mindfulness, you can begin truly caring for others, and you’ll have the energy and positive attitude to take action on behalf of your friends and family. You’ll be the strong one, not just a person they rely on.
This is your road map to a better you. And while these tips may seem indulgent at times, you must set aside time for yourself or you’ll burn out from all the pressures of the modern world. That’s not good for anybody in your life.
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