No matter your age, fitness or pre-existing levels of health, we can all do a little better when it comes to taking care of ourselves. The current trend for shiny self-care, complete with baths, candles and face masks that no one can afford, really misses the mark on what it means to actually care for our wellbeing. Self-care doesn’t have to be a staged show that you carve out an hour for every week, instead, it should be an ongoing commitment to ensuring that you’re as healthy and happy as you can be at this very moment in time. A few tips to get you there are as follows…
Eat a balanced diet
This is a big one! Eating the right balance of food, vitamins and minerals is absolutely imperative to feeling good, that’s just a fact. Make sure you’re consuming three, well-rounded meals a day so that your nutrition packs a real punch. Try and make at least one of those meals entirely unprocessed – this can include whole foods such as veggies, fish, legumes, lean protein, nuts, whole grains and fruits. Of course, we can’t all be perfect all the time, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t commit to trying our very best to nourish ourselves completely and properly.
This is another non-negotiable fact of feeling good. Taking the time to break a sweat can feel impossible when you’re constantly keeping those plates spinning, but once you carve out time and commit to it, you’re going to notice that your mood and wellness levels improve pretty dramatically. As little as twenty minutes of movement a day can help with digestion, sleep quality, energy levels and mood-balancing – to name a few benefits! This doesn’t mean you have to go hard, try going on a brisk walk and doing some stretching every day to ease yourself into it.
Learn how to manage stress
We’re taught to bury our stress but doing this often makes it worse. Instead of pushing it all down, learn how to actually manage your feelings of stress. Managing stress comes in many forms, including meditating, taking a moment to do some yoga, switching off with an engaging book or going on a long pensive walk. Sometimes it’s just as simple as taking yourself out for lunch away from your desk or listening to your favourite song instead of scrutinising spreadsheets on your commute. All of these are going to help you manage cortisol levels and leave you feeling more balanced.
Understand your hormones
Hormones play more of a leading role in our well-being than you might think. So many women neglect or even think about their hormones until there’s a significant issue or they hit their perimenopause stage, however, if you pay them some attention you might find yourself feeling better than ever. Talk to your doctor about having your levels read or look into how to put them back into balance (a lot of these tips will actually help with that).
Protect yourself from the sun
The sun’s rays are very harmful and often lead to skin cancers, so it’s important that you protect yourself and do this as a habit. Wear factor fifty sun cream, bring a hat, use sunglasses and avoid tanning or extended periods in the direct sunlight.
Consult a professional
We can’t do everything alone, even if we’re usually tempted to! Look at bringing in a couple of professionals to keep your health in check. Your GP and therapist will make sure that your mental health and well-being are ticking along nicely. You should also consider undergoing some women’s physiotherapy if your pelvic floor is in need of strengthening or if you’re feeling slightly less aligned or mobile than you once did.
With these tips up your sleeve, you’ll be feeling at your very best and brightest for a long time to come!