5 Tips for Self Care
April 7th is World Health Day, which is a day to create global awareness for Universal Health Coverage, so we want to show our appreciation to World Health Organisation (WHO) for everything they do globally towards making health services universal. No one should have to choose between good health and other life necessities.
Here are 5 Tips for Self-Care.
Sleep is very important not only for your emotional but your physical well-being. Lack of sleep can negatively impact your ability to handle stress, be productive and function properly.
There are many things you can do to aid your sleep habits, from not using your mobile device in bed, to finding relaxation techniques to help you sleep. If you aren’t able to get enough sleep at night – don’t underestimate the value of a power nap!
Most people think exercise is only beneficial to your physique this is so far away from the truth. Exercise can also help reduce stress and anxiety, so yes exercise is also a big part of mental health. Get regular exercise, if you don’t have access to a gym or you don’t have the patience for a 1-hour run try to find an activity you enjoy. Exercising with others can help you to stay motivated, aim for at least 20 minutes a day; even a 10-minute walk will benefit you.
We know other things can get in the way of eating a nutritious, balanced diet but this is so important for self-care as this can help with energy levels and stress management. Avoid consuming too much caffeine or sugar, it may help you to feel more energised in the short term but can have negative effects in the long term. Instead of a caffeine-filled drink, why not have an apple instead – you know what they say “an apple a day, will keep the doctor away”
Being social and maintaining your friendships can reduce depression and stress. It’s also best to unplug from the world and invest yourself fully into the activities and your surroundings. Plan an activity with close friends or family, and leave your cellular device behind. You will be surprised at how good this can make you feel.
A sense of humour is a must-have for the emotional wellness toolkit. Laughter also strengthens your immune system, increases energy, diminishes pain and protects you from the toxins of stress. The best part about this, laughter is fun, free and very accessible.
We hope you enjoy our 5 tips for Self-Care. If you would like to find out more about World Health Day and what it stands for head over to the World Health Organisations website.