Author: Adrian Mellinger, Real Life Social Worker
Self-care is a huge deal right now and for good reason, but how many of us actually know how to practice self-care effectively? Regardless if you are brand new to this space and are feeling lost with where to start, or if you are aware of self-care practices but are feeling overwhelmed by the world of self-love, we all start somewhere. Thankfully Adrian Mellinger, the Real Life Social Worker is here to break down ten simple steps to help you to start to care for your self.
I believe that whilst self-care strategies are limitless, yet unique to each individual, there are some universal practices that we could all benefit from in our own personal way. Starting with the basics, these are my tops self-care strategies to consider to improve our quality of life!
1. Eat Well
What we put into our bodies really matters. We should be eating foods that are good for our body and our soul. This means that we are eating nutritiously nourishing food in order for our physiological body to thrive, which may involve mindfully reaching for the dark chocolate or raw treats. When learning to tune-in to our body’s messages, such as our feelings of hunger or cravings, we are practicing self-care.
Our bodies were made to move. As every single individual and physique is unique, we also have different exercise needs so find what works for you! It’s optimal if you enjoy your choice of movement, because you will be more likely to continue to be consistent in the long run. If you want to hike, find a mountain, if you want to do yoga, find a local class, and if you’re a walker, then keep on walking.
3. Stay Hydrated
So many of our bodily functions require water, which means staying hydrated is seriously important. When we don’t have enough water in our bodies, we will struggle to thrive. Dehydration can lead to uncomfortable results like constipation, dizziness, dry/dull skin, and headaches. If you’re thirsty, there’s a chance that you’re already dehydrated. To stay hydrated with the environment in mind, don’t leave the house without a full reusable water bottle!
Rest is potentially the most underrated, yet most important means of self-care. It involves genuinely giving yourself permission to simply stop moving, doing, worrying and creating, in exchange for recharging. This allows us to forget the rules, structures, or must-do’s and to-do’s in your life for a period of time. If you could benefit from grounding, energising, repairing and/or realigning with your priorities and values, then rest is the powerhouse that you need in your life.
Sleep, glorious sleep. We all understand the difference between a good night’s sleep and a serious lack of slumber. Unfortunately, sleep deprivation is oh-so common these days. Did you know that the signs of sleep deprivation are: irritability, extra hunger, drowsiness, and headaches? By getting adequate sleep, at least eight hours worth, you can trade these for some of the health benefits including improved heart health, balanced hormones, and a healthy appetite. To promote a good sleep, try trading the late night insta-scroll for some deep breathing before bed.
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