7 Easy Self Care Habits
Self care should be a top priority for everyone, not least if you're currently recovering or trying to get over an illness or other problem. Here are seven of the easiest self care habits which will make looking after yourself easier at the hardest of times.
1. Do something different
By changing something mundane, you can help yourself to feel revitalized and more energetic. For example, buy a different brand of one of your favorite foods. Take a different cycle route to work, or drive down a different road on your way home.
2. Unplug your electronics
You can make a small change by just unplugging all your electronics for 30 minutes. You don't have to spend the entire day without your phone, but just taking a break for a few minutes each day can have lots of benefits and will help you make time for relaxation.
3. Take deep breaths
If you don't often remember to sit back and breathe a few times, consider sticking up some post it notes where you normally spend your time. You can fix reminders to your computer at the office, on the fridge and even on the dashboard of your car.
4. Make a small diet change
Commit to drinking just one extra glass of water per day (even if it's your only glass of water for the day), or promise yourself a healthy breakfast one day per week. If you're grabbing a second coffee by 10am, try to cut down, either by cutting out the excess caffeine altogether, or using substitutes to help break the addiction.
5. Do something nice for someone
Doing something small yet kind for another person can immediately boost your self esteem, confidence and overall positivity levels. Even just holding a door open to hear a 'thank you', or helping someone in need with some spare change can help you feel better.
6. Take yourself on a date
Not everybody feels in the mood to go out by themselves, but if you feel in the mood to do something, take yourself somewhere interesting. This could be a museum in your home town or nearby that you have never visited before, or maybe a movie has recently come out and you'd like to see it.
7. Ask for help when you need it
Although this involves other people helping you out, it's all part of the self care process. Recognizing when you need help and having the courage to ask for it will ensure that you maintain a healthier and more positive outlook.