Self-Care Tips

MWH Nov Newsletter 1

5 Self-care Tips to Improve Your Well-being

Between hectic schedules, ever-growing to-do lists, and caring for others, it can be easy to put self-care on the back burner. Committing to a healthy diet, getting adequate sleep, reducing stress, exercising regularly, and unplugging your devices can help keep you mentally and physically fit.

Consider these self-care ideas to help bolster your well-being.

Nourish Yourself

While eating well may seem like an obvious self-care tip, it’s not always easy to change your eating habits or replace fast food and sweet indulgences with healthier options. However, properly nourishing your body with the right foods, like fish, leafy green vegetables, and berries, can help you maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk for diseases such as diabetes, improve your memory and reduce inflammation, and provide other short- and long-term benefits.

Get a Good Night’s Rest

Getting a good night’s sleep – most experts recommend 7-9 hours for the average adult – can positively impact how you feel mentally and physically. The proper routine – limiting caffeine and sugar intake before bed and reducing distractions such as TV or smartphones – and the right mattress can be vital in ensuring your bedroom is the sleep oasis you need for quality rest.

Practice Relaxation Techniques

Whether you have a few spare minutes or an entire afternoon of free time, finding a quiet place to relax and practice meditation or yoga can help you reduce stress and anxiety, become more self-aware, and create a sense of calmness during even the busiest of days. Try setting up a secluded area in your home (or office) where you can concentrate on your practice and listen to yourself.

Unplug and Unwind

With 24/7 access to the internet, social media, and television, it can be easy to create bad habits associated with the always-connected, smartphone-obsessed world. However, screens – and the blue light they emit – have been proven to impact sleep and mental performance negatively. Setting aside some time – aim for a couple of hours in succession – each day to unplug from your devices and their distractions can lead to better sleep, productivity, emotional wellness, and creativity.

Make Sure to Move

While taking care of yourself mentally, taking care of your body can be just as essential to provide peace of mind. Finding time each day to get in at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise can boost your mood, reduce stress and anxiety, and help keep your waistline trimmed. Exercise may include a full-blown workout, walking around the neighborhood with your dog, or biking to a favorite destination. Find a regimen that works for you, and make it part of your daily routine for an easy way to boost both your physical and mental well-being.

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