Why is Self Care so Important?

 

Stress

We live in a chronically stressed culture, where people think being busy, overwhelmed, and stressed out all the time is some kind of badge of honour.

But the truth is, there aren’t many things worse for our overall health than stress.

Just a few of the health issues caused by stress include insomnia, migraines, fatigue, weight gain, muscle pain, stomach pain, digestive problems, increased irritability, fatigue, restlessness, and lowered immune function. Stress has also been linked to increased risk of heart attack and certain types of cancers - including breast cancer.

Which is why it’s so, so important to keep stress to a minimum.

Managing Stress

And the key to managing stress? You guessed it - self-care.

When we make ourselves a priority and do the things we need to do to care for ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, we’re better able to handle challenging situations and keep stress at bay, which not only keeps us happier - but keeps us healthier, too.

Cultivating a self-care practice that incorporates physical and mental health can boost immune function, decrease the risk of depression and anxiety, and significantly lower stress levels- all of which equal a healthier human

Self care tips and tricks

So, now that you know you should hop on board the self-care train, let’s talk about how to make that happen, shall we?

Here are some self-care tips and tricks that will have you feeling like a self-help guru (and enjoying all the benefits) - in no time:

Add “the good stuff” to your diet

Adding nutrient-dense foods to your diet (think leafy greens, berries, and healthy fats - aka “the good stuff”) is one of the best forms of self-care you can practice. Eating more nutritious foods will lead to increased energy, wellness, and an overall better mood.

Spend more time in nature

There’s something about being outside that lifts your spirits. But spending more time in nature does more than just improve your mood - it can actually change your brain and improve brain function.

Get moving

There are few lifestyle practices more damaging than a sedentary lifestyle. Even if you work at a job that has you chained to a desk for most of the day, it’s important to get up and get moving. Set an alarm to go off every hour, and take five minutes to walk around, stretch, and loosen up.

You should also aim for 30 minutes of exercise every day. If 30 minutes feels overwhelming (we’ve all been there!), try breaking it up into two 15-minute sessions or even three 10-minute sessions.

The more you move, the better you’ll feel - and the healthier you’ll be.

Put down the devices

If you’re attached at the hand to your phone (who isn’t?), one of the best ways to practice self-care is to put the phone down.

Let me say that one more time: Put. The. Phone. DOWN.

Too much screen time has been linked to all sorts of physical and emotional health issues including eye strain, decreased ability to show empathy, brain damage - even early death.

So put down your phone and tune into the present moment. Your health will thank you.

Make relaxation a priority

One of the best ways you can take care of yourself is to relax, so make relaxation a priority.

Meditate. Take a bath. Plan a spa night with your friends (or your Netflix queue). Whatever it is that makes you feel chilled and happy, do more of it.

Like the old saying goes, “your health is your wealth.” And practicing self-care is one of the best ways to protect your mental, physical, and emotional health. So up your self-care game - and up your health in the process.

Personal Trainer | Bromsgrove | Fitness | Health | Wellbeing