Updated: Apr 21, 2019
Today, in our generation, we have got a lot to think about, learn about, know about and work upon. The expectations are high and all of this only leads to stress and mental pressure.
There are 5 fundamental pillars of self-care:
1.Sleep - Don’t listen to anyone who tells you to sleep when you’re dead, that’s terrible advice. Chronic sleep deprivation makes it harder to focus, impairs memory, slows your body’s ability to heal, doubles your risk of obesity, heart illness, type 2 diabetes, death and more, and can make you as dangerous behind the wheel as a drunk driver. Most people need around 8 hours of sleep to feel rested, but quality matters more than quantity. Invest in a good mattress every eight years, buy quality sheets blankets and pillows, make sure your room is very dark and no warmer than 68 degrees, and make a point to go to bed and wake up at the same times every day. You can find more sleep tips through Google and talk to your doctor if you think you might have a sleep disorder.
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2.Nutrition - Food is your body’s source of fuel so feed it well. Eat regular meals throughout the day to keep your blood sugar level, fill up half your plate with vegetables, eat lean proteins and complex carbs, drink lots of water, and don’t overeat. Focus on eating REAL food; anything that comes in a package has been processed to some degree so check the ingredients, the more elements a product has and the fewer you can pronounce, the more processed it is. This should go without saying but don’t eat fast food. Ever.
3.Exercise - Pace while you talk on the phone, get a browser extension that tells you to move every hour, go for a 30 minute walk on your lunch break, get a dog and/or a walking buddy, do pushups before you get dressed in the morning, do whatever works best for you but do something that makes you MOVE. You don’t have to get a gym membership or expensive equipment either; I workout at home using an excellent suspension trainer I made for $6! Be more active, make it social, make it fun, and make your health a priority.
4. Stress Management - Some stress is exceptional, but chronic high pressure can cause things like muscle tension, teeth grinding, memory problems, insomnia, nightmares, GI problems, hair loss, heart palpitations, skin problems, sexual dysfunction, ulcers, hypertension, heart attacks, stroke, and in extreme cases, death. Stress doesn’t go away by ignoring it so figure out what helps you unwind/blow off steam in a healthy way and do it regularly. Common stress management tools include exercise, mindfulness, socializing with friends, listening to music, meditating, taking a hot bath, journaling, making art, spending time outside, petting animals, playing games, reading a good book, etc. I find that if I’m stressed out, it can be difficult to remember what stress management strategies work best for me, so I’ve made a list that I carry with me, so I don’t have to think, I can pull out my list and pick something to ease my stress. I highly recommend this.
5. Relationships (friends, family, partners, etc.) - Human beings are social creatures, and we need each other to thrive. Take a look at the five people you spend the most time with. How do they enhance your life? How do they make your life more difficult? Do they tend to lift you or put you down? Do they drain you or energize you? Do they inspire you or discourage you? What do you want from your relationships and are you getting it? Who we spend our time with has a significant impact on our lives to make a point to try and surround yourself with people who support and bring out the best in you.
Drop your comments below and let us know what you think of this. Share any points if we have missed. Stay healthy Stay fit and stay happy.