Have you ever heard the saying that you can’t pour from an empty cup? Today’s corporate world is so fast paced that we seem to take care of everyone other than ourselves. Too often we give others advice about slowing down, delegating, or making time for their own health, while we continue to run a hundred miles an hour without slowing down. Unfortunately, taking care of yourself is something that cannot go very long without being addressed. If you are one of the millions of Americans who feel overwhelmed and unable to meet all of life’s demanding tasks, we suggest trying one or two of our Self Care tips to help improve your overall health.
- Get proper rest. Research shows we should get between 7-9 hours of quality sleep. If you sacrifice your sleep, you are sacrificing your health. Find ways to get to bed earlier and try some easy sleep tips to help you fall into a deeper sleep. Making sleep a priority will help you to feel better mentally and will help you deal with demanding tasks and people in a more positive, efficient and professional way.
- Schedule time for yourself. All too often everything finds its way on our calendars and to-do list except time for ourselves. Block out some time on your schedule each week to do something that inspires, relaxes, and rejuvenates you.
- Meditate. Meditation gets a bad wrap, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Sometimes just the art of sitting still, listening to relaxing music, and controlling your thoughts will help to calm your mind and nervous system. Start by finding a yoga or meditation class in your community, purchasing a self-guided meditation track on itunes, or google searching some simple ways to meditate on your own.
- Schedule a vacation. If you are one of those people who no matter how hard you try, you never seem to slow down, then you are in need of a vacation. Whether this is a vacation with family, friends or just alone, schedule it out and create a boundary with work. Let others know you will be leaving and plan accordingly so that you can enjoy a stress-free vacation without work and other demands following you.
- Spend time in nature. Sometimes it’s as simple as scheduling a walk or a hike and following through. Spending time outside, getting sunshine, and leaving your stress behind will help to calm the mind while putting life’s worries into greater perspective. If you are not planning on going too far away, leave your phone in your car or home and enjoy some unplugged time.
- Do something that makes you laugh. When we are stressed, busy, and overworked, we forget to laugh. Laughing not only does wonders for your physiology, but helps to put everything else on hold while you enjoy some time for healing. Find things that make you laugh and create a plan on how you will work them into your schedule. Some suggestions could include a date to a comedic show, watching a stress-free movie that you enjoy, or spending time with people who do not suck your energy but instead fill your cup.
- Take a hot bath. As simple as this may sound, sometimes just checking out for 15 minutes and spending that time alone in a hot bath is all you need. This helps you to relax, unwind, and sort out your stresses from the day. Try adding mineral salts, essential oils, or bubble bath to help you let go that much more.
- Get a massage or pedicures. Sometimes all it takes to let go is investing a little money and letting someone else pamper you. Don’t feel guilty, instead, think of it as money hard earned and self-love much needed.